Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell facing years in jail after being found guilty of “industrial scale” sex abuse

Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell is facing years in jail after being found guilty of the “industrial scale” sex abuse of young boys.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 27 ­indecent assaults and nine serious sex attacks on 10 children as young as eight between 1979 and 1990.

Some of his victims sat sobbing in the court’s packed public gallery as the verdicts were handed down today.

The pervert, appearing via video link from prison , seemed to mutter to himself and sat shaking his head.

Today the jury of six women and five men will consider verdicts on seven outstanding charges. Before the trial started Bennell, who has changed his name to Richard Jones, had admitted seven indecent assaults on three boys.

Some of Bennell’s victims sat sobbing in the court’s packed public gallery as the verdicts were handed down
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He has already spent three previous spells in jail after receiving a total of 15 years for attacks on 17 boys – the first a four-year term handed to him in 1995 in the US.

His trial at Liverpool crown court heard how four footballers previously coached by Bennell had later killed themselves, including Wales legend Gary Speed. Dad-of-two Gary was found dead at home in 2011, aged 42. But the jury was told there was no evidence linking any of the deaths to Bennell.

The former Manchester City scout, who prosecutors compared to the Child Catcher from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, targeted talented schoolboys who dreamt of a career in football.

He abused them in his home, which was filled with arcade games, a pool table, videos and exotic pets including a puma and a monkey.

Attacks were also carried out in his car and at a Butlin’s holiday camp.

His trial at Liverpool crown court heard how four footballers previously coached by Bennell had later killed themselves
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Prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC said Bennell had a “particular predilection” for “pre or peri-pubescent boys”.

The prosecutor said he lost interest when the boys reached puberty, telling police in an interview he was attracted to 13-year-olds because they were “pedigree footballers who were athletes and good-looking”.

In his closing speech he branded Bennell a “child molester on an industrial scale”.

Bennell, who had been living in Milton Keynes, Bucks, had claimed the complainants in the case were “jumping on the bandwagon” following publicity. He chose not to appear in the witness box and no evidence was called by the defence.

The jury return to court to continue their deliberations today. The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said he would accept verdicts 10 or more of them were agreed on though “we will invite you to endeavour to reach unanimous verdicts”.

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