Former Athlete and Coach, Phil Banning, 68, has been jailed for seven and a half years

December 8th, 2019

The former welsh national coach ‘manipulated, abused and violated’ schoolgirls during the 1970s and 1980s who were under the age of 16 at the time of the abuse.

 Banning pleaded guilty to 18 counts of indecent assault against four girls at Winchester Crown Court.

 The court heard that Banning often abused the young girls during sports massages at his home and private meetings where he used his guise as a person of trust to groom his victims.

 Banning was described as an “Olympic hopeful” who ran at international level for Team GB in his younger years before transitioning to coach and mentor at Andover Athletics Club where the grooming began.

 Judge Keith Cutler held Banning’s actions of assault to be a “grave abuse of trust”.

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