Ex-football coach guilty of sex abuse

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Julia Qunezler

Ex-football coach Barry Bennell has been found guilty of multiple sex offences against boys in the 1980s.

Bennell, 64, was convicted of 36 charges including indecent assault and serious sexual assaults against boys aged eight to 15.

The jury of five men and six women was sent out on Thursday and was unable to reach decisions on seven counts.

He denied 48 offences and the Liverpool Crown Court judge directed jurors to enter three not guilty verdicts.

During the trial prosecutors said Bennell was a “predatory and determined paedophile” who molested young boys on an “industrial scale”.

Bennell, who is now known as Richard Jones, appeared in court via videolink due to illness.

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