Barry Bennell abused boys in remote 'haunted house', court told


Bennell, who is appearing in court via video-link due to illness, denies 48 counts of historical child sex abuse between 1979 and 1990.

The boy, who met Bennell when he attended a football training session in his role as a Manchester City scout, said he and his fellow footballers had an untold rule not to reveal what the coach was doing.

"He would make you feel like you stood out, like you were different, like you were special", said the complainant, who has the right to anonymity in the British justice system. "Every boy just dreamt of being a footballer, so everybody wanted to please him". "You was hoping he would not ask you", he said.

He alleged that sexual activity escalated and eventually led to Bennell raping him "about half a dozen times". "One, they wouldn't believe you and, two, I'm going to jeopardise where I want to get to in professional football". "He had a big power hold over us with that, which was pretty horrific".

Abuse also took place at a property the boys called "the haunted house", where Bennell would show the 11 and 12-year-olds horror movies before sexually assaulting them, jurors heard.

Mr Johnson said some of the abuse took place at the ground of Crewe Alexandra and when the football club was on tour, while numerous incidents also took place at his home addresses.

'The first time I will never forget it, ' he said.

On Thursday, he was the second of 11 complainants who will enter the witness box at Liverpool Crown Court to say they were victims of "devious paedophile" Bennell.

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Unsworth made a decision to come forward after seeing the former Crewe Alexandra player Andy Woodward on television in the week after he had told the Guardian about being abused by Bennell.

He said: 'That was his scene, he would try and scare the lads'.

Cross-examined by Eleanor Laws QC, defending, Mr Unsworth denied discussing possible financial compensation with a solicitor or other alleged victims.

A transcript of a police interview with Mr Bennell in February a year ago was read to the court, which included a denial that he had abused Mr Unsworth.

Inside he said there were two sets of bunk beds and a double bed, which Mr Bennell would share with two boys.

He said he remembered the complainant was "nice looking", but said he was not one of the boys he had abused.

Before the trial, he admitted seven charges of indecent assault committed between 1981 and 1991, relating to three boys aged between 11 and 14.

The trial, which is in its first week, is expected to last two months.