London: An English court sentenced ex-football coach for 31 years in jail over child abuse crimes.
The court had found Barry Bennel, 64, guilty in 50 of child sexual abuse offenses. He had committed these offenses between 1979 and 1991 during his work as youth team coach in Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra clubs. While sentencing Barry for 31 years, The Liverpool Crown Court’s judge, Clement Goldstone labeled the offender as “sheer evil”.
Although, Bennel’s past abuse exposed last year when ex Bury and Sheffield United player, Andy Woodward told the Guardian newspaper that the Bennel had abused him at Crewe Alexandra as young boy. Soon after the revelations had made, someone had found Bennel unconscious at a hotel and taken him to hospital. Since Woodward spoke out, a country-wide scandal caught the football world. And more than 55 professional and non-league football clubs’ names have linked to the same accusations. The prosecution had described Bennel as an “indus-trial-scale child molester” and a “predatory and dtermined paedophile”, during his 5-week trial.
The judge, Goldstone remarked, ” To those boys you appeared as a god, in reality you were the devil incarnate. You (Barry Bennel) stole their childhood and their innocence to statisfy your own sexual desire”.