Football coach Barry Bennell 'abused boy 100 times'

Football coach Barry Bennell 'abused boy 100 times'

He said he had believed that Mr Bennell could help him realise his dream of playing football professionally for Manchester City.

He also played a game with them called Follow Me, in which boys would mirror his actions and he would increase degrees of intimacy to gauge whether they would be compliant to abuse, the court heard. "I want to make it, I want to be a footballer, I want to play for City".

He told the jury he was also abused at Mr Bennell's then home in the Peak District, where boys would watch horror movies in the dark, often sharing Mr Bennell's bed.

The complainant said Bennell had a set of bunk beds next to his own bed in the room above the video shop he ran, adding that "he always put music on in the bedroom".

But, he said, the game would keep going until his hands were "inside your shirt or inside your underpants" and it happened regularly, if not every time Bennell gave him a lift.

He said sexual contact with Bennell diminished as he hit puberty and it ended when he walked away from football after thinking he had "had enough".

Mr Unsworth said: "I can recall one time being in a dormitory which was full of bunk beds and somebody waking up with a sheep's or ram's head on their bunk bed or actually in their sleeping bag". "I was just crying with pain".

The court was told young boys would be given free sports kit at Bennell's house and allowed to eat takeaway food. "It felt like it went on for hours but it was probably two or three minutes".

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The jury would have to decide, Mr Johnson added, whether they were listening to a group of men who, as Bennell alleges, had "jumped on the bandwagon" and maliciously made up stories.

Defending Mr Bennell, Eleanor Laws QC, questioned whether Mr Unsworth had discussed seeking financial compensation with a solicitor or other alleged victims.

He said: "This is not about compensation, this is about justice". "Do you agree or disagree?"

The ex-Crewe Alexandra coach is still due to stand trial for 48 offences, including 35 counts of indecent assault.

The court was read a transcript of a police interview with Bennell conducted in February 2017.

Unsworth, who has waived his right to anonymity, appeared in the witness box at Liverpool Crown Court in the northwest English city.

Bennell, described by the prosecution as a "devious paedophile", has admitted seven charges of sexually abusing three boys but pleaded not guilty to a further 48 counts relating to 11 alleged victims from 1979 to 1991. A jury is expected to be selected for his trial later on Monday.

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