Prosecutor Nicholas Johnson QC described Barry Bennell as “a child molester on an industrial scale and that’s why he went to these lengths to get so many lads round to his house” in his closing speech of the trial.
Bennell 64 denies 48 charges of sexually abusing 11 boys between 1979 and 1980. Judge Clement Goldstone QC said that there was not enough evidence in relation to three of the charges of indecent assault. He directed the jury to give non guilty verdicts for these charges.
The Court was told last week that Bennell would, “not offer any evidence in his defence”. His Barrister did not call any witnesses on his behalf.
Nicholas Johnson QC told the Court that Bennell, “had exploited young footballers who dreamed of becoming professionals” and “he had groomed parents of the complainants so he could carry out the abuse.”
The Judge will sum up the case after the closing speeches of the Prosecution and the Defence. The jury will then retire to consider its verdict.
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