Sex claim coach ‘show no re­morse’

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A FOR­MER youth foot­baller abused by Barry Ben­nell has told a court the ex-coach showed no re­morse.

A court heard that the 64-year-old en­tered guilty pleas to charges of abuse against the for­mer Crewe Alexan­dra school­boy player in 1997, but de­nies more se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions.

Ben­nell, who has since changed his name to Richard Jones ( above), ap­peared in Liver­pool Crown Court via video-link on a screen which faced the wit­ness box.

The com­plainant said: “Him, smirk­ing on that screen, deny­ing ev­ery­thing. He’s shown no re­morse, ever.”

The court heard the vic­tim told po­lice in 1997 he had been abused by Ben­nell on about 20 oc­ca­sions but es­ti­mated it was nearer 100 and added that Ben­nell had forced him to per­form oral sex and had raped him.

Ben­nell de­nies in­de­cent as­sault, bug­gery and at­tempted bug­gery against 11 com­plainants be­tween 1979 and 1990. THE Wars of the Roses weren’t called that. Sir Wal­ter Scott in­vented the name four cen­turies af­ter the con­flict.

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