The victim of Saturday’s shocking murder in Little Gaddesden was coming to the defence of an elderly neighbour, the latest reports suggest.
The man has been identified by police as 66-year-old Graham Buck. Mr Buck is a neighbour of 86-year-old Francis Cory-Wright, who recently served a prison sentence for child abuse in the same jail as the man police are now urgently seeking in connection with the crime.
Old Etonian Cory-Wright abused a 10-year-old boy while he took him on fishing and shooting trips in the late 1970s. The victim kept quiet for more than 30 years until his father’s death, as he did not want him to find out.
Cory-Wright is understood to have been recently released from prison. He was also injured in the attack, and taken to hospital for treatment for injuries he received.
Police have put out an appeal to track down the ‘very dangerous’ Ian John McLoughlin, also known as Ian John Baker, 55, who according to unconfirmed reports has a criminal record including two previous murders.
The police have refused to confirm the identity of either of the men who were attacked.
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