Paedophile ex-football coach Barry Bennell to give evidence at High Court trial

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Aviers is preparing to question former football coach Barry Bennell to a pedophile about his involvement with Manchester City in a High Court lawsuit four decades ago.

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Bennell, who remains in prison after pleading guilty to child sex offences, is due to give evidence to a judge overseeing the trial on Tuesday after eight men filed damages claims against the football club.

Mr Justice Johnson began overseeing the trial at the High Court of London in late October.

A judge is overseeing a trial in the High Court after eight people made damages claims against Manchester City (Nick Ansel? PA). , PA Archive
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Eight men, now in their 40s and 50s, says Bennell, now 67, abused them when they were playing school football for the teams they coached in the north west of England between 1979 and 1985.

They claim that Bennell, who coached at Crewe in 1985, was a scout for City at the time, and argues that the relationship between Bennell and City was “one of employment or similar to employment”.

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City officials deny this claim.

They say that Bennell was a local City Scout in the mid-1970s, but not a City Scout between 1979 and 1985.

Lawyers representing the men finished calling evidence on Wednesday, and attorneys representing Citi are to begin calling evidence on Tuesday.

Eight people have claimed damages against Manchester City Football Club (Mike Egerton/PA) , PA Archive

Bennell is expected to be the first witness called by lawyers representing the city.

He is expected to give evidence from jail through video-link.

Mr Justice Johnson has heard that Bennell, who lived near Buxton in Derbyshire, had abused school football players after inviting them to stay at his home.

Eight people are claiming damages after being mentally injured.

Six are also claiming damages for the loss of potential football earnings.

Mr Justice Johnson is told that Bennell is serving a 34-year sentence for sex offenses against boys on five separate occasions – four in the UK and one in the US – and is being held at HMP Lilthe near Huntingdon in Cambridgeshire. Used to be. ,

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