Barry Bennell: Guilty of three more child sex offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been convicted of three further charges of indecent assault against boys.

Feb 15, 2018
By Nick Hudson
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Bennell was found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court on three more counts of sexual abuse offences – two by majority ten-to-one verdicts and one unanimously.

The 64-year-old, who scouted for Manchester City and coached at Crewe Alexandra, has denied a total of 48 sexual offences against 11 schoolboy footballers between 1979 and 1991.

The 11 jurors are continuing their deliberations on four remaining charges.

The serial paedophile – described as a “child molester on an industrial scale” – has now been found guilty of 39 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against ten boys aged eight to 15 after one of the largest police investigations of its kind.

The case sparked reporting of historical abuse on a scale not seen since the Jimmy Savile revelations.

Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, has appeared in court via videolink during the five-week trial due to illness.

He was found guilty of 36 charges on Tuesday (February 13), including the rape and indecent assault of young boys.

Before the case Bennell admitted seven charges of indecent assault on three boys, two of whom were also part of the allegations he was tried on.

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