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    Barry Bennell handed 31-year jail sentence for child sexual offences

    Joe Jones

    Former football coach Barry Bennell has been jailed for 31 years at Liverpool Crown Court for 50 counts of child sexual abuse committed between 1979 and 1991.

    The 64-year-old was branded "the devil incarnate" by Judge Clement Goldstone QC, who sentenced him on Monday.

    Bennell shook his head as the judge sentenced him and there was clapping from the public gallery as he left court.

    The Recorder of Liverpool, Judge Clement Goldstone QC, said: "Your behaviour towards these boys in grooming and seducing them before subjecting them to, in some cases, the most most serious, degrading and humiliating abuse was sheer evil."

    He said Bennell had appeared to his victims as a God but added: "In reality, you were the devil incarnate. You stole their childhoods and their innocence to satisfy your own perversion."

    The judge said the total sentence for the 50 offences is 31 years - comprising a custodial sentence of 30 years and one year on licence.

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