A former football coach who`s already serving a 30-year sentence has been sentenced to four more years in prison for further sexual offences.
The 66-year-old serial paedophile, Barry Bennell had been convicted of 52 counts of child sexual assaults in 2018. Today, he appeared via videolink from HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, where he is serving a 30-year sentence.
Ex-Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout, also known as Richard Jones, will serve his fifth jail term consecutively to his current prison term meaning a total sentence of 34 years in custody.
Judge Patrick Thompson said: “You had a respected position as a football coach for professional football clubs including Crewe Alexandra, Manchester City and Stoke City.
“It was a position you grossly abused in order to use those boys as your sexual playthings. These were children whose parents trusted and respected you when you were in fact a parent’s worst nightmare.”
He praised the victims for and called them “heroes” for coming forward with their stories. In a victim impact statement, one of them said: “Bennell ruined my boyhood dreams and took that away from me.”
Bennell`s latest charges were for abusing two victims aged 11 to 14 between 1979 and 1988.
A charity that helps victims of sexual abuse in sport, the Offside Trust, said: “We are delighted that more survivors have seen justice today. The sentence is to be welcomed and is a reminder of the horrific nature of what these men and so many others have lived through.”