Barry Bennell sentenced for more sexual offences

Former football coach Barry Bennell has been sentenced to four more years in prison for abusing a further two young boys 30 years ago. 

The 66 year old ex-Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout (also known as Richard Jones) has already been convicted of 52 child sexual offences which occurred between 1979 and 1991 and is currently serving a 30 year sentence. When sentencing Bennell in 2018, the Judge described him as 'the devil incarnate' after he was convicted of abusing 12 boys aged between 8 and 15.

Bennell recently appeared at Chester Crown Court via video link from HMP Littlehey when Judge Patrick Thompson sentenced him to a further four years in prison for further offences against two more boys. When describing Bennell’s abuse of his position, Judge Thompson stated “it was a position you grossly abused in order to use those boys as your sexual playthings”. 

Judge Thompson went on to describe the victims as heroes for coming forward with their stories.


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