Paedophile coach denies abusing four men suing City over abuse claims

Paedophile Barry Bennell denies abusing four of the eight men suing Manchester City who say they were child victims of the disgraced football coach

  • Barry Bennell is in the High Court giving evidence on behalf of Manchester City
  • Bennell was jailed for 34-years for abusing young boys in the 1970s and 1980s
  • Eight men are suing City for damages over claims they were abused by Bennell
  • The eight men are outside the compensation scheme City are currently running
  • Bennell today told court he was not associated with City at the time of the claims
  • Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell today told a court he did not abuse four of the eight men suing Manchester City over historic sex assault claims.

    ザ・ プレミアリーグ club today called the convicted sex offender to give evidence on their behalf in a High Court case defending damages claims made by former youth players.

    The club say Bennell, who is currently serving a 34-year sentence for sexually abusing young boys, was an unpaid coach and scout for City.

    But the club insists he did not hold the role between 1979 そして 1985.

    Eight men who claim they were abused by the former youth coach, but who are not eligible for Manchester City’s compensation scheme relating to Bennell’s convictions, are currently suing the club for damages.

    Today Bennell, who has been called as a witness by Manchester City, gave evidence at the High Court.

    He denied abusing four of the men, who claim they were abused by Bennell when they were boys, but admitted abusing others.

    Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell (pictured in a court sketch appearing via videolink) today told a court he did not abuse four of the eight men suing Manchester City over historic sex assault claims

    Paedophile football coach Barry Bennell (pictured in a court sketch appearing via videolink) today told a court he did not abuse four of the eight men suing Manchester City over historic sex assault claims

    The club say Bennell (で描かれています 2012), who is currently serving a 34-year sentence for sexually abusing young boys, was an unpaid coach and scout for City

    The club say Bennell (で描かれています 2012), who is currently serving a 34-year sentence for sexually abusing young boys, was an unpaid coach and scout for City

    He also said that he had not been associated with City during the years the eight men say they were abused.

    Barrister James Counsell QC, who is representing the eight men, asked Bennell about his wider abuse of boys between the 1970s and 1990s.

    ‘How many boys do you say you have abused?’ Mr Counsell asked.

    Bennell replied: ‘I am not answering that question.

    彼が追加した: ‘I am not prepared to go into that.

    ‘I’ve been found guilty. I’ve plead guilty. I’ve done time. I’m doing time. What do you want?’

    Bennell told the judge, in a written witness statement, that he had not been City ‘coachscout during the years the men say they were abused.

    The eight men, who are now in their 40s and 50s, say Bennell (pictured her in 1995 アメリカ合衆国で), 今 67, abused them when they were playing schoolboy football for teams he coached in the North West of England between 1979 そして 1985.

    The eight men, who are now in their 40s and 50s, say Bennell (pictured her in 1995 アメリカ合衆国で), 今 67, abused them when they were playing schoolboy football for teams he coached in the North West of England between 1979 そして 1985.

    He also said his ‘junior teamshad no connection with City.

    Bennell said he had used his ‘previous connectionwith City as ‘a draw for players to join my junior teams’.

    ‘None of the teams they played for that I ran were in any way connected with MCFC,’ Bennell told the judge, in a written witness statement.

    'しかしながら, I can entirely understand why some of the claimants may have genuinely believed they were playing for teams connected with MCFC because I was responsible for creating that belief.

    ‘… from about 1975 まで 1978 I was what was known as a local scout for MCFC.

    彼が追加した: ‘I also accept that I wanted to go on and become a professional football coach, but unfortunately MCFC did not offer me a position.

    ‘Thereafter, I used my previous connection with MCFC as a draw for players to join my junior teams.

    ‘Throughout my involvement in junior football I always used and exploited my previous connections for my own benefit.

    ‘I was particularly good at creating the impression with junior players, their parents, other coaches and for that matter anyone else I met that I was a MCFC coach and that playing for one of my junior teams meant that they were in some way connected with MCFC, which of course was what the players and their parents themselves always wanted to believe.

    'しかしながら, the reality is that I was never a MCFC coach and after 1978/1979 my junior teams had no connection at all with MCFC.

    The eight men, who are now in their 40s and 50s, say Bennell, 今 67, abused them when they were playing schoolboy football for teams he coached in the North West of England between 1979 そして 1985.

    They claim that Bennell, who became a coach at Crewe in 1985, was a scout for City during that time and argue that the relationship between Bennell and City was ‘one of employment or one akin to employment’.

    Bennell was the first witness called by lawyers representing City. He gave evidence via video link from a prison near Huntingdon, ケンブリッジシャー, where he is being held

    Bennell was the first witness called by lawyers representing City. He gave evidence via video link from a prison near Huntingdon, ケンブリッジシャー, where he is being held

    The eight men claim that Bennell, who became a coach at Crewe in 1985, was a scout for City during that time and argue that the relationship between Bennell and City was 'one of employment or one akin to employment'. 市 (写真: Manchester City's Etihad Stadium) bosses deny that claim. They say Bennell had been a local City scout in the mid-1970s but was not a City scout between 1979 そして 1985

    The eight men claim that Bennell, who became a coach at Crewe in 1985, was a scout for City during that time and argue that the relationship between Bennell and City was ‘one of employment or one akin to employment’. 市 (写真: Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium) bosses deny that claim. They say Bennell had been a local City scout in the mid-1970s but was not a City scout between 1979 そして 1985

    City bosses deny that claim. They say Bennell had been a local City scout in the mid-1970s but was not a City scout between 1979 そして 1985.

    Mr Justice Johnson began overseeing the trial, at the High Court in London, in late October.

    Lawyers representing the men finished calling evidence on Wednesday, and lawyers representing City began calling evidence on Tuesday.

    Bennell was the first witness called by lawyers representing City. He gave evidence via video link from a prison near Huntingdon, ケンブリッジシャー, where he is being held.

    Mr Justice Johnson has heard that Bennell, who used to live near Buxton, ダービーシャー, had abused schoolboy footballers after inviting them to stay at his home.

    The eight men are claiming damages after suffering psychiatric injuries. Six are also claiming damages for loss of potential football earnings.

    Mr Justice Johnson has been told that Bennell is serving a 34-year sentence after being convicted of sexual offences against boys on five separate occasionsfour in the UK and one in the USand is being held at HMP Littlehey.

    Bennell, who wore a red sweatshirt and light blue face mask during his court appearance, today told the judge that he has changed his name to ‘Richard Jones’.

    Bennell said he wanted to wear a mask while answering questions. He said he had recently ‘had five teeth out’ – and referred to ‘Covid’.

    City’s lawyers argue that while he was a local scout in the mid-1970s, he did not hold the role between 1979 そして 1985.

    Manchester City’s own investigation into the abuse, headed by Jane Mulcahy, QC, of Blackstone Chambers in London found that Bennell ‘had a form of association’ with the club from the summer of 1975 to later 1979 and late 1981 to the spring of 1984.

    That investigation team, whose report was published in March, also sought to interview Bennell, though he refused on that occasion.

    City’s own compensation scheme for victims of abuse who settled told possible claimants it was open to victims of Bennell from August 1976 11月まで 1979 と8月 1981 12月まで 1984.

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