GORDON ANGLESEA was today convicted of historic child abuse at Mold Crown Court.
The jury of six men and five woman unanimously found him guilty on four counts of indecent assault.
He was found not guilty of one charge of buggery.
Two men had claimed the retired North Wales Police superintendent abused them when they were teenagers in the 1980s.
The end of the case means Rebecca can reveal dramatic new developments in the case.
In 1997 a woman made an allegation that she had been indecently assaulted by Gordon Anglesea.
The woman — “ an adult acquaintance: of the family” — reported the matter to the North Wales Police.
The force submitted a file to the Crown Prosecution Service which decided there was “insufficient evidence” to prosecute.
Lady Justice Macur, the deputy presiding judge of the Court of Appeal, recently re-examined the case.
She had been asked by David Cameron to review the work of the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal of 1997-1998.
Lady Justice Macur reveals Anglesea “lied when first questioned under caution” about the alleged offence.
Her report was published in March this year.
She said the North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal knew about the case in 1997 but did not obtain the file because North Wales Police claimed it was “not relevant”.
Lady Justice Macur noted that Anglesea “on his own subsequent admission“ lied in his first police statement about what she calls “a relatively minor indecent assault”.
She does not reveal the nature of the lie — or why she considered the indecent assault “relatively minor”.
It is only with today’s verdict that the story can be told.
Rebecca believes the Macur Review contains more redacted material about Gordon Anglesea.
We asked the Ministry of Justice for a copy of the report with all redacted references to the retired superintendent removed.
A spokesman told us they would not do so — even though the Anglesea trial is now over.
Rebecca will take this matter up with MPs in the House of Commons.
IN ANOTHER dramatic development, North Wales Police have confirmed an investigation is under way into an alleged cover-up in the Anglesea case.
In April 2002 detectives interviewed a man in Liverpool’s Walton Prison who gave them information about an alleged abuser with a distinctive birthmark.
The detectives were part of Operation Angel, an investigation into further allegations against already convicted paedophile John Allen.
Officlal records show the prisoner handed detectives a piece of paper with the names of three of the men he said had abused him.
The third name on the list consisted of a Christian name: “Gordon”.
The witness noted that “Gordon” was “prim and proper dressed, birthmark on face …”
Detectives from the National Crime Agency recovered internal North Wales Police emails which reveal senior officers were aware that “Gordon” could well be Anglesea.
One of the emails talked of “keeping quiet”.
A decision was taken not to investigate further.
Rebecca asked North Wales Police to confirm that the original interview was carried out by Detective Sergeant Challinor and Detective Constable Oldfield.
A spokeswoman would only say “the names you have provided are not entirely correct”.
Challinor has retired.
Oldfield is still a serving.
In a statement North Wales Police said:
“We can confirm that North Wales Police Professional Standards Department have received a complaint as a result of Operation Pallial that is being investigated.”
A FULL account of the six-week Anglesea trial can be found in the article The Fall Of Gordon Anglesea.
Rebecca was the only news organisation with a reporter in court throughout the hearings.
The trial was a bad-tempered affair with prosecution QC Eleanor Laws and Anglesea’s QC Tania Griffiths often sniping at one another.
The jury — who spent most of the trial waiting for legal arguments to finish — threatened a revolt at one point.
On several occasions, the judge lost patience.
He warned the trial was in danger of becoming a “pantomime” …
A FORCE FOR EVIL
HOW DID Gordon Anglesea get away with it for so long?
The answer is he used the cloak of public office to conceal his crimes and counted on protection from North Wales Police. This article lays bare the conspiracy hatched at the highest levels of the force in the early 1990s to cover up its failure to investigate child abuse — and to protect Anglesea at all costs. In the process, the force helped Anglesea win a famous libel case and made a mockery of the £14 million North Wales Child Abuse Tribunal ……
Rebecca editor Paddy French was the only journalist who attended every day of the Anglesea trial. He’s unpaid but there have been expenses of more than £2,000. If you want to make a contribution, just click on the DONATE button.
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