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BBC: Ex-football coach guilty of sex abuse

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  • 13 February 2018
Court sketch of Barry BennellImage copyright Julia Qunezler

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15.

The jury of five men and six women was sent out on Thursday and was unable to reach decisions on seven counts.

He denied 48 offences and the Liverpool Crown Court judge directed jurors to enter three not guilty verdicts.

During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a "predatory and determined paedophile" who molested young boys on an "industrial scale".

Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, appeared in court via videolink due to illness.

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'Devil incarnate' Barry Bennell sentenced to 31 years

  • 19 February 2018
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Barry BennellImage copyright Julia Quenzler

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been jailed for 31 years at Liverpool Crown Court for 50 counts of child sexual abuse.

Bennell, described as the "devil incarnate" by the judge, was convicted of abusing 12 boys aged eight to 15 between 1979 and 1991.

Sentencing at Liverpool Crown Court, Judge Clement Goldstone QC said Bennell, 64, was "sheer evil".

There was clapping from the public gallery as Bennell left court.

Bennell shook his head as the judge sentenced him.

"To those boys you appeared as a god... in reality you were the devil incarnate," Judge Goldstone said.

"You stole their childhoods and their innocence."

The judge said Bennell was "hell bent" on abusing boys, and left a "trail of psychological devastation".

"If the boys tried to resist you convinced them their football careers would suffer," he said.

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