Fri. Jan 21st, 2022

Manchester City call on convicted sex offender Barry Bennell to testify on their behalf as eight men sue the Premier League club

  • Eight men are suing Man City after being abused by extras Barry Bennell
  • Man City will call sex offender Barry Bennell to testify on their behalf
  • The 67-year-old will appear via video link from Category C HMP Littlehey
  • City’s position is that Bennell worked for them at the time of the abuse
  • City lawyers have argued that while he was a local scout in the mid-1970s











Manchester City will this week call on convicted sex offender Barry Bennell to testify on their behalf as their Supreme Court case against eight of his victims is nearing completion.

Bennell will perform via video link from Category C HMP Littlehey in Cambridgeshire, where he is serving a 34-year term for abusing young footballers, while Crewe Alexandra’s youth team coach and before that as an unpaid coach and scout for City.

The 67-year-old is a key witness for City, whose position in court is that he did not work for them at the time of the abuse. City’s lawyers have argued that while he was a local scout in the mid – 1970s, he did not have the role between 1979 and 1985.

Manchester City will this week call on convicted sex offender Barry Bennell to testify on their behalf as their Supreme Court case against eight of his victims is coming to an end.

Manchester City will this week call on convicted sex offender Barry Bennell to testify on their behalf as their Supreme Court case against eight of his victims is coming to an end.

But Manchester City’s own investigation into the abuse, led by Jane Mulcahy, QC, of ​​the Blackstone Chambers in London, showed that Bennell ‘had some form of affiliation’ with the club from the summer of 1975 to later 1979 and the end of 1981 to the spring of 1984.

The investigative team, whose report was released in March, also sought to interview Bennell, though he declined on that occasion.

The city’s own compensation scheme for victims of abuse that reconciled told potential plaintiffs that it was open to victims of Bennell from August 1976 to November 1979 and August 1981 to December 1984.

Eight men, all in their 40s and 50s, say Bennell abused them and are suing the best club.

Eight men, all in their 40s and 50s, say Bennell abused them and are suing the best club.

Eight players who have previously claimed to have been raped or molested in the 1980s, sometimes on hundreds of occasions, are suing City for damages. They are also asking for “special compensation” in connection with potential loss of earnings. They claim that Bennell’s crimes prevented them from getting as far as they should, as footballers.

Sir. Justice Johnson, who presides over the case, sought to establish with lawyers last week that Bennell would be equipped with the right paperwork and that the prison video link would be sufficient for his appearance.

It is not believed that any of his victims will personally be there to see the man abusing them testify. They have been given the opportunity to watch via video feed from their home.

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