‘Monster’ preyed on boy footballer
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,
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