Former karate champ, 79, appears in court on sex abuse charges stretching back 37 years

Andrew Sherry, 79, appeared at Liverpool Magistrates Court on WednesdayHe is accused of gross indecency with a boy under 14 in a historic sex abuse caseThe leading karate figure is also charged with sexually assaulting a man in 2012 Sherry will appear at Liverpool Crown Court next month on October 19 

A leading figure in British karate has appeared in court charged with historic sex abuse offences.

Andrew Sherry, 79, is accused of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and of inciting him to commit an act of gross indecency more than 37 years ago.

He is also charged with sexually assaulting a man in 2012.

The alleged offences took place at his home, and at a karate club, in Liverpool.

Sherry, who was European and national champion in the sport, denied the charges when he appeared before Liverpool magistrates on Wednesday.

His two alleged victims cannot be identified for legal reasons.

Andrew Sherry, 79, (pictured) is accused of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and of inciting him to commit an act of gross indecency more than 37 years ago. He is also charged with sexually assaulting a man in 2012

Andrew Sherry, 79, (pictured) is accused of gross indecency with a boy under 14 and of inciting him to commit an act of gross indecency more than 37 years ago. He is also charged with sexually assaulting a man in 2012

Sherry will next appear at Liverpool Crown Court on October 19.

He was chairman and chief instructor of the Karate Union of Great Britain but stepped down in March last year for what were described as personal reasons.

At the time he was being investigated by Merseyside Police and denied any wrongdoing. He claimed the allegations were malicious and had arisen because of politics in karate circles.

‘There’s an agenda to do with the politics of karate … people who have a grudge against me and the organisation,’ he said.

In 1966 Sherry became the first person in Great Britain to be awarded a black belt in Shotokan karate.

In 1966 Sherry became the first person in Great Britain to be awarded a black belt in Shotokan karate

In 1966 Sherry became the first person in Great Britain to be awarded a black belt in Shotokan karate

That same year he won the first British all-styles championship, beating competitors from all of Britain’s karate variants.

In 1968 he became European champion in kumite – one of the three main areas of karate training alongside kata and kihon – and won the first four KUGB karate competitions between 1967 and 1970.

Sherry retired from competition in 1977 and began concentrating on coaching.

In 1990 he led the KUGB to victory at the World Shotokan Karate Championships, a feat which was repeated the following year.

In 2007, under his guidance, the England squad won European and World titles.

Sherry became a ninth level black belt, or 9th dan, making him one of Britain’s highest ranking Shotokan karate practitioners, in 2013.

Karate is currently enjoying a renewed interest as a result of the success of Netflix’s Cobra Kai – a TV episodic sequel to the 1980s Karate Kid films.

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