‘Mon­ster’ preyed on boy foot­baller

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON HIL­TON

AFORMER foot­ball coach who de­scribes him­self as a ‘mon­ster’ has been jailed for two years af­ter ad­mit­ting abus­ing a young boy in the 1980s.

Barry Ben­nell – al­ready a con­victed pae­dophile – preyed upon his 12-yearold vic­tim af­ter invit­ing him to take part in a youth foot­ball course in Macclesfield.

The 61-year-old, who was in his 20s at the time, had ‘play fights’ with his A PAIR of teenagers have been ar­rested fol­low­ing a blaze at a for­mer nurs­ing home.

Around 25 fire­fight­ers from across the re­gion bat­tled the fire on Grimshaw Lane, Bolling­ton, for al­most 10 hours on Sun­day.

Crews were called at 6am and found a blaze at vic­tim, ‘tick­led’ him and ‘flicked him with tea tow­els’ be­fore sex­u­ally abus­ing him in his bed.

Ben­nell, who now goes by the name of Richard Jones and at one time had a close as­so­ci­a­tion with Stoke City and Manch­ester City foot­ball clubs, al­ready has con­vic­tions against his name for a ‘large num­ber’ of sex of­fences, com­mit­ted against young boys in both this coun­try and Amer­ica.

His crimes were at one point the sub­ject of a Chan­nel 4 Dis­patches pro­gramme.

He claims to have ‘no the de­tached build­ing, for­merly Jev­ing­ton Res­i­den­tal Care Home.

They spent un­til 4pm damp­ing down to pre­vent the fire start­ing again.

A spokesman for the fire ser­vice has con­firmed that fire in­ves­ti­ga­tors have launched a probe into the cause of the blaze.

Chan Spratt, who lives rec­ol­lec­tion’ of the events which led to his lat­est con­vic­tion. How­ever, he pleaded guilty on April 7, the day he was due to go on trial at Ch­ester Crown Court, to two counts of in­de­cent as­sault on a male, and two counts of en­tic­ing a boy un­der the age of 14 to com­mit an act of gross in­de­cency.

He ap­peared back at Ch­ester last Fri­day (May 8) where he was sen­tenced to two years in pri­son, with a min­i­mum term of 12 months.

Ben­nell who now lives in Hodge Lea in Mil­ton Keynes met his vic­tim on Fair­field Av­enue nearby, said the fire had caused ‘quite a com­mo­tion’.

She said: “I had a call from a friend who was con­cerned when he heard about the fire.

“It was ob­vi­ously very sig­nif­i­cant as they blocked off the road un­til Mon­day morn­ing.” while work­ing as a foot­ball coach.

Recorder Mark Ainsworth said: “You coached him in foot­ball, of course your con­duct went much fur­ther than that be­cause on that oc­ca­sion you sex­u­ally abused him.”

The brave vic­tim, who came for­ward in 2013, read out im­pact state­ments at the hear­ing from be­hind a screen.

He said he’d ‘suf­fered a great deal’ as a re­sult of the abuse and de­scribed how it had sig­nif­i­cantly af­fected his re­la­tion­ships through­out his life.

Trust, he said,

‘has

Two 17-year-old boys from Bolling­ton were ar­rested in re­la­tion to the in­ci­dent.

They have since been charged with ar­son and re­leased on con­di­tional bail.

They are both due to ap­pear at South & East Cheshire Youth Court on June 17. be­come a real is­sue’, adding: “The things he did to me will never go away and I live with that ev­ery sin­gle day.”

De­fend­ing Ben­nell, bar­ris­ter La­ban Leake said his client was now ‘not a risk’.

“He’s fully aware that, in his own words, he’s a mon­ster.

“His de­prav­ity has got the bet­ter of him and the con­se­quence of that is that he has ru­ined lives.

“He does ex­press re­morse.”

Ben­nell was a youth coach at Crewe Alexan­dra in the 80s and 90s.

●● Fire at for­mer nurs­ing home on Beech­way, Bolling­ton

●● Barry Ben­nell

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