Pedophile former football coach Barry Bennell has died in prison aged 69. Bennell, also known as Richard Jones, was sentenced to 30 years in prison in 2018 after being found guilty of 50 child sex crimes against 12 boys.
The former Crewe Alexandra coach and Manchester City scout abused boys in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. One of his victims said he hoped Bennell’s last 10 years would be “as difficult as possible”.
He died at HMP Littlehey, near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday, the Prison Service said. A spokesman added: “As with all deaths in custody, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman will investigate.”
Bennell had been treated for cancer for several years and had surgery to remove tumors on his tongue in 2004 and 2016, but was said to be in remission in 2020.
The cause of death was not disclosed.
David Lean, who was abused by Bennell after meeting him at the Butlin holiday park in Pwllheli, north Wales, said he was “delighted” to hear of her death. He said: “Everything happened the way I wanted because I wanted him to go to prison for a while. “I hope the last 10 years have been as difficult as possible.” Mr Lean, 56, a counselor, said: “I appreciate that he has children – and after all my thoughts are with his children today “But my thoughts are also with the survivors for the pain he inflicted on everyone.”