Five Guilty Of Historic Sex Abuse

Five paedophiles have been found guilty of historical sex abuse at care homes across north Wales.

They were convicted of 34 offences under Operation Pallial.

George Neil Phoenix, 63, from Wrexham, David Lighfoot, 72 from Ellesmere Port, Eddie Huxley, 70 from Maidenhead, Marc Roy Norry, 55, from Connah’s Quay and Gary Cook, 64, from Leicester will be sentenced on September 25th at Mold Crown Court.

Their victims were five boys, with the youngest just 10-years-old.

They operated a “predatory” paedophile ring in the Wrexham area during the 1970s, luring their victims with alcohol and pornography.

Ian Mulcahey, Senior Investigating Officer in Operation Pallial, said:

“The five boys were young, vulnerable, sometimes isolated by family circumstances and manipulated by this group.

“The range of occupations of these men had could not have been more different, but their real common interest lay in the abuse of young children.

“Their grooming was carefully planned and singled minded and continued over the period of the victim’s childhoods.”

Roger Owen Griffiths, 76, from Wrexham and Keith Percy Stokes, 62 from Farndon were cleared of their charges.

There are currently 161 active complaints being investigated under Operation Pallial.

The victim age range is from 6 to 19-years-old, the majority are boys.