Villager killed trying to stop knife attack on paedophile neighbour
A manhunt is under way after a Good Samaritan was stabbed to death while trying to protect his paedophile neighbour from a knifeman. oner who was murdered while apparently trying to help his neighbour has been named by police.
Dennis Skinner intervened as the assailant attacked Francis Cory-Wright, 87, an Old Etonian, at his country home in Little Gaddesden, Herts.
While Mr Cory-Wright was seriously injured, Mr Skinner, aged in his 60s, suffered fatal stab wounds.
The killer fled clutching tens of thousands of pounds in £50 and £20 notes.
Detectives took the unusual step of naming Ian John McLoughlin, 55, as the man they wanted to speak to in connection with the murder. They warned that McLoughlin, who also uses the surname Baker, was “very dangerous” and should not be approached.
He has been jailed twice in the past for killing homosexual men.
The attack happened in Little Gaddesden, at 3.30pm on Saturday. Neighbours said they believed that Mr Skinner left his £1 million home to investigate a commotion next door and was confronted by the knifeman.
It is understood that McLoughlin had been released recently from the same prison where Mr Cory-Wright had been serving a jail sentence for a historic sexual assault on a 10-year-old boy. Paramedics who were called to the scene found Mr Skinner dead and took Mr Cory-Wright to hospital.
A neighbour, who asked not to be named, described Mr Cory-Wright as frail and said he needed a stick to walk.
“I have been told that the attacker was a man who was serving time with Mr Cory-Wright at the same jail,” said the neighbour. “It seems he was unhappy with him and, when he was released, turned up on his doorstep.”
He added that Mr Skinner had “paid for his good deed with his life”.
Another neighbour said a second villager went to help Mr Cory-Wright and “ended up cradling his neighbour in his arms as he died”.
“His clothes were severely blood stained,” he added. “It’s just awful.”
Mr Cory-Wright was convicted of indecent assault in 2011 at St Albans Crown Court and sentenced to 30 months in jail. He served half the sentence before being freed on licence and returning home.
Judge Stephen Warner was told that Mr Cory-Wright, a retired Lloyds underwriter who attended Eton, attacked his victim on a canal bank in Berkhamsted, Herts, in the Seventies after taking him for rides in his vintage car. The young victim kept the attack secret because he did not want his father to find out but, when his father died 35 years later, he told police and Mr Cory-Wright was arrested.
The court heard that he had a previous conviction for a sexual assault on a 13-year-old boy in a garden shed in 1979.
McLoughlin was jailed for life in July 1992 for the homophobic murder of Peter Halls, 55, a Brighton barman. Eight years previously he had been convicted of killing another gay man.
Det Chief Insp Martin Brunning, of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Major Crime Unit, said: “The nature of this murder investigation is one of significant violence and until he [McLoughlin] is caught the public are asked not to approach him as he is a very dangerous man.”