A NEIGHBOUR has been stabbed to death in the home of a convicted paedophile he was trying to protect from a killer.
Francis Cory- Wright was jailed in 2011 for assaulting a schoolboy
Police have launched a manhunt for Ian McLoughlin, 55, after the victim, in his 60s, was found dead at the house of Francis Cory-Wright, who was jailed in 2011 for assaulting a schoolboy.
It is thought McLoughlin was in prison with 86-year-old Old Etonian Cory-Wright before turning up at his home in Little Gaddesden, near Berkhamsted.
One shocked resident from the tiny Hertfordshire village told of the dramatic attack. He said: “Cory-Wright was shouting ‘Help! Help!’ and his neighbour rushed over to the house.
“I’ve heard that McLoughlin got him [the murdered man] into a headlock and dragged him into the kitchen. He was stabbed and his throat was slit. It might have been a knife from the kitchen.
“Another chap, who was second on the scene, also went to the aid of Cory-Wright. He ended up cradling his neighbour in his arms as he died. It’s just awful.”
The victim, named locally as Dennis Skinner, was found dead by the emergency services while Cory-Wright is in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
McLoughlin is on the run
McLoughlin, also known as Ian John Baker, is on the run following the incident at about 3.30pm on Saturday.
Police described him as “very dangerous” and said he is believed to be carrying thousands of pounds in cash.
He was jailed for life in 1992 for the homophobic murder of barman Peter Halls, 55, in Brighton. Eight years later, he was convicted of killing another homosexual man.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Brunning, who is leading the manhunt, described McLoughlin as about 6ft tall and of average build with greying hair. He said: “The nature of this murder investigation is one of significant violence – and the public are asked not to approach him as he is a very dangerous man.”
Cory-Wright was convicted in 2011, serving half of a 30-month sentence, for assaulting a schoolboy during the 1970s.
A former Lloyd’s of London underwriter, he was also jailed for four months in 1987 for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy in a garden shed in 1979.