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Friday, 13 October 2017

Man who killed himself in cemetery was facing catalogue of child sex charges

Man who killed himself in cemetery was facing catalogue of child sex charges
Man who killed himself in cemetery was facing catalogue of child sex charges


Man who killed himself in cemetery was facing catalogue of child sex charges


A pensioner who killed himself in a cemetery was facing trial over a catalogue of child sex charges, the Telegraph & Argus can reveal today.

Leslie Holdsworth’s body was discovered by a member of the public in the grounds of Bowling Cemetery, Bradford, only three weeks before he was due to stand trial at Bradford Crown Court.

The 72-year-old widower, of Parkway, West Bowling, had denied the allegations and indicated a wish to plead not guilty.

But he was found hanged in the same cemetery where his wife is buried earlier this month.


Police have ruled out any suspicious circumstances.

The father-of-four and grandfather was due to appear at Bradford Crown Court on Monday, October 23, to face a total of 33 historic sex charges involving children.

It is understood a total of four women made statements to police complaining that Holdsworth had molested them when they were children more than a decade ago. One alleged that she had been assaulted in Bowling Cemetery.

Mr Holdsworth was arrested during the course of a lengthy investigation by West Yorkshire Police into the allegations against him.

He had continued to protest his innocence at previous court appearances




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