Former youth football coach, Barry Bennell, who worked for Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra has been jailed for 30 years for 50 counts of child sexual abuse.
Bennell was convicted of abusing 12 boys, with the youngest being 8 years old and the oldest 15 years old. He was described by the judge as the “devil incarnate” and “pure evil”.
Victim statements were read out during the sentencing, with some victims speaking of feeling suicidal, and some stating that they felt unable to have children after suffering abuse from Bennell.
One of Bennell’s victims, Gary Cliffe, confronted him at the dock after reading out his statement asking: “Barry, Barry, why?”, to which Bennell did not answer.
Bennell had a seven-year association with Manchester City and also worked in Crewe’s youth academy for around the same period of time.
The case was part of an investigation into the sexual abuse of young players in England, which is being carried out by the Football Association. The investigation began in December 2016 following allegations first made by ex-professional player Andy Woodward.
How can our personal injury lawyers help?
If you are a victim of sexual abuse in football or in sport, please contact us for help and legal advice.
We have a specialist team led by James Davies, who can provide sensitive care and expert guidance to those who may wish to bring civil claims for compensation as a result of sexual abuse in their past.
The Suffolk law firm, which has offices in Ipswich, Felixstowe, Melton, Hadleigh or Woodbridge, is partnered with the Ipswich based charity Survivors in Transition (SiT). The charity aims to empower both female and male survivors to take control of their lives and cope better with the daily effects the abuse has left them with.
Gotelee are members of the Association of Child Abuse Lawyers and the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, which enables us to bring together a team of experts, including doctors, counsellors, psychiatrists and specialist barristers.
For more information or assistance on this matter, please call 01473 298125.