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Barry Bennell: Football coach's victims give impact statements

One of Bennell's victims approached the dock after reading an impact statement to the court and said "Barry. Barry. Why?"

He was stopped from getting close to the dock by a court usher and asked to return to his seat by Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC.

Bennell stared ahead at the judge with his arms folded as sentencing began but he looked downwards when the victim statements were read out - some by the complainants from the witness box and some by prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC.

One victim who read a statement to the court said:

Not a day goes by without thinking about the abuse I received. I was just a child."

– One of Barry Bennell's victims

Paedophile football coach appears in the dock

Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell has appeared in the dock to be sentenced.

The 64-year-old, who wore a blue jumper and white polo shirt for the hearing, was transferred from HMP Woodhill in Milton Keynes to Liverpool Crown Court.

He had appeared via videolink from prison for his five-and-a-half week trial because of health problems.

The former Crewe Alexandra coach will be sentenced for 50 child sexual offences, with many of those specimen counts to reflect the numerous occasions the "industrial scale" abuser targeted some of his 12 victims between 1979 and 1991.


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