Football coach Barry Bennell 'abused boys in haunted house'

  • Football coach Barry Bennell 'abused boys in haunted house'

Football coach Barry Bennell 'abused boys in haunted house'

The boy, who met Bennell when he attended a football training session in his role as a Manchester City scout, said he and his fellow footballers had an untold rule not to reveal what the coach was doing.

The jury, made up of seven women and five men, was told that Bennell was appearing in court via video-link because he needs to be fed through a tube as a result of illness.

"He would move his hands around your body on the outside of your clothes, tickle you, and you would have to do the same to him", Unsworth told the court.

Mr Unsworth claimed the game would keep going until his hands were "inside your shirt or inside your underpants" and it happened regularly, if not every time Bennell gave him a lift.

He told how he and other boys would stay at Bennell's house, above a video shop which he owned, where he had two sets of bunk beds and a double bed which he would share with two boys.

"I just thought it was normal, this is what you have to do", said the complainant, who has the right to anonymity in the British justice system.

Unsworth alleged that sexual activity escalated and eventually led to Bennell raping him "about half a dozen times".

"I was just crying, the pain". It felt like it was hours but it was probably two or three minutes.

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     ALLEGATIONS Barry Bennell appeared in Liverpool Court via video link
SWNS ALLEGATIONS Barry Bennell appeared in Liverpool Court via video link

He said sexual with Bennell diminished as he hit puberty and it ended when he walked away from football after thinking he had "had enough".

Mr Bennell, 64, denies 48 sex offence charges involving 11 boys. He denies the charges. He has already served prison sentences in England and the USA but says he is the victim of a malicious campaign motivated by attention-seeking and compensation claims.

A transcript of a police interview with Mr Bennell in February a year ago was read to the court, which included a denial that he had abused Mr Unsworth.

He said he did not know that Andy Woodward, who spoke out in the media about being abused by Bennell, had been dismissed from the police for gross misconduct after having a relationship with a relative of a victim.

He did admit that the youth footballer had stayed at his house and slept in his bed, but said he would have been too young for him to be attracted to.

He said: "I always tended to aim for the 13-year-olds".

The jury was shown photographs of one of Manchester City's junior teams, wearing the club's away strip, and heard that another of the players coached by Bennell, then in his late 20s, lashed out at him on one trip to Butlins in Pwllheli, where he ran a soccer school.

He said after about three years Bennell's interest in him "fizzled out".