Barry Bennell is to stand trial over child sex offences in January
By Press Association
Last Updated: 21/07/17 4:26pm
Former football coach Barry Bennell is to stand trial next January over child sex offences.
The 63-year-old appeared at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday via video-link, charged with 55 offences, including 42 counts of indecent assault, 11 counts of buggery and two counts of attempted buggery.
The trial is expected to last eight weeks.
The charges relate to 12 complainants and the offences allegedly happened between 1979 and 1991, when the victims were aged between eight and 15.
The former coach wore a black T-shirt and appeared clean-shaven.
Honorary Recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone said a pre-trial hearing would be held on October 27 ahead of the trial on January 8 next year.