The long arm of the law has caught up with former Crewe Alexandra coach Barry Bennell, who was branded “Devil incarnate” on Monday after being sentenced to 30 years in prison for subjecting junior players from Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra to hundreds of sexual offences
Bennell, depicted as the “Devil incarnate” by the judge, was indicted of 43 count offences against 11 young boys aged 8-15 between 1979 and 1991 by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court and has been condemned to 31 years imprisonment
The 64-year old former Crewe Alexandra boss and Manchester City scout admitted to seven charges of indecent sexual assault on three lads before the trial, two of whom were likewise part of the allegations he was tried on.
Bennell, who had already shown up on a video interface amid his trial, was available in the courtroom out of the blue to hear victim impact their statement on Monday preceding his sentencing by judge Clement Goldstone.
Goldstone asked police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to consider if there is “proceeding public interest” in bringing new criminal court procedures against Bennell in light of further claims.
Bennell former employer Manchester City this month issued a statement expressing sympathy for the victims and itemizing an inner audit launched in 2016, which is on-going and has confirmed allegations of the young boys’ sexual assaults in connection to two men with potential historic connections with the Etihad based outfit, one of whom is Bennell.
Wearing a blue sweatshirt with grey jogging bottoms, black Adidas trainers and a silver wristwatch, Bennell played with his hands and occasionally shook his head as his victims told the court how they were taking the power back from him.
“I did not want it, did not ask for it and did not enjoy it,” the youngest victim said. “I was a child, and between the ages of 10 to 13 that monster decided it was fun for him to use me as a sex toy.
“My dad finds it very difficult to think that he was taking me to play football and to become the footballer that I always wanted to be, when for three years he was actually taking me to hell.”
Speaking outside court, Micky Fallon, one of Bennell’s victims, said that the sentence reflected the seriousness of the crimes and the distress Bennell had caused.
“Today we looked evil in the face and we smiled because Barry Bennell, we have won,” he said. “Today we hand our shame and our guilt and our sadness back to you. It should never have been ours to carry in the first place.”
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