“However, Private Eye Editor Ian Hislop who described the trial as one of the darkest periods of his editorship of the magazine said
“During the libel trial Anglesea said that he had never assaulted any teenage boys. We now know that this was a lie, that he was indeed a paedophile, that in truth he had no reputation to defend and that he should never have sued anyone on this basis. I take a certain grim satisfaction in this verdict today and in the fact that justice has eventually been done. But it is a miserable story and it was one of the darkest periods of my editorship. I can’t help thinking of the witnesses who came forward to assist our case at the time, one of whom later committed suicide telling his wife that he never got over ‘not being believed”, Private Eye will not be looking to get our money back from the libel damages. Others have paid a far higher price.””
On 21 October 2016, retired police chief superintendent and former libel litigant Gordon Anglesea was convicted of historic allegations of child sex abuse. He was convicted of indecently assaulting one man when he was a boy at a house in Mold in the 1980s.
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