Barry Bennell Trial, day four: Trial continues after Bennell called alleged victim's allegations 'impossible'

Bennell denies 48 sex abuse charges

The trial enters its fourth day today

Thursday, January 11, 2018

The sex abuse trial of former football coach Barry Bennell enters its fourth day today, after the first alleged victim gave evidence yesterday.

The testimony, provided via video, said that Benell, a scout for Manchester City at the time, was "touchy" with the alleged victim when he first met the coach at the age of about 11.

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. It was panpipe music."

Following a break for lunch the alleged victim was cross-examined while sitting behind a screen, with talkRADIO reporter Alex Dibble saying there was some "definite tension" between him and the defence.

The court also saw a recreaction of a police interview with Barry Bennell, in which the defendant said his first alleged victim was "the one that got away with it" by not being groomed.

Bennell also called some of the claims against him "ridiculous" and said he'd never do some of the things alleged while there were other boys in the bed at the same time.

The defendant even described some of the testimony of the first alleged victim as "impossible", saying he "would never do something like that".

Benell has already admitted seven sexual abuse charges, but denies a further 48, relating to 11 complainants.

Read our live blog of today's proceedings below.

 

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