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Man, 86, found guilty of child abuse in the 1970s

Francis Cory-Wright
Image caption Francis Cory-Wright, 86, has been convicted of child abuse

An 86-year-old man from Hertfordshire has been convicted of abusing a 10-year-old boy 35 years ago.

Francis Cory-Wright, of Little Gaddesden, was found guilty of abusing boy the boy during fishing and hunting trips in the 1970s.

The victim, who is now 44, kept the abuse secret for decades for fear of his father's reaction.

Cory-Wright was convicted of two counts of indecent assault at St Albans Crown Court on Wednesday.

The court heard his victim had only told police about the abuse last year after his father died.

When he spoke to officers, the man said he had decided to report the abuse because it was "a piece of unfinished business".

Waiting for rabbits

Anne Evans, prosecuting, told the court the abuse had taken place over a summer when the victim met Cory-Wright while fishing with his father by the canal in Berkhamsted.

Cory-Wright offered to take the boy fly-fishing and shooting, the court was told.

Cory-Wright, who was an underwriter with Lloyds at the time, would pick the boy up in a vintage car and take him out into the country.

It was while they were laying on the brow of a hill, waiting for rabbits, that Cory-Wright would abuse him, Mrs Evans said.

The victim described Cory-Wright as having an ex-military bearing about him and "seemed a pillar of the community type".

The incidents came to an end when Cory-Wright asked if the boy's younger brother would like to join them.

The victim told police that the trips stopped because he did not want the same thing to happen to him.

Judge Stephen Warner warned Cory-Wright he could face jail.

The case was adjourned for a pre-sentence report to be prepared.

Cory-Wright was released on bail and will be placed on the sex offenders register immediately.

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