‘Devil incarnate’ Bennell gets 31-year sentence

first_imgPremier League Ex-football coach Bennell labelled ‘devil incarnate’ and sentenced to 31 years Iain Strachan 01:18 2/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Barry Bennell YouTube video Premier League A judge at Liverpool Crown Court branded the ex-Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra youth coach “sheer evil” as he announced his punishment Former football coach and scout Barry Bennell has been sentenced to 31 years for child sexual abuse crimes.Bennell, 64, was convicted of 43 offences against 11 boys aged eight to 15 between 1979 and 1991 by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court last week.AdChoices广告The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout admitted to seven charges of indecent assault on three boys before the trial, two of whom were also part of the allegations he was tried on. Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Bennell, who had previously appeared via a videolink during his trial, was present in the court room for the first time to hear victim impact statements on Monday prior to his sentencing by judge Clement Goldstone.Goldstone asked police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider if there is “continuing public interest” in bringing new criminal court proceedings against Bennell based on further allegations.The judge went on to describe Bennell as “sheer evil”, and said: “To those boys you appeared as a god… in reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhood and heir innocence to satisfy your own perversions.”He added: “If the boys tried to resist, you convinced them their football careers would suffer.”His former employers City this month issued a statement expressing sympathy with the victims and detailing an internal review launched in 2016, which is on-going and has identified allegations of child sex abuse in relation to two men with potential historic connections to the club, one of whom is Bennell.Crewe, meanwhile, expressed their “deepest sympathies” to the victims of Bennell, and stressed their commitment to “continue to provide cooperation [to the police] as and when required.”  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img

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