Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Ex-Hampshire football boss found dead in car park

The former head of Hampshire Football Association has been found dead after he was convicted of sexually assaulting young boys.

Raymond Barnes, of Southampton, was found guilty a week ago of five historic charges of indecent assault and was due to be sentenced in January.

The 74-year-old's body was found in a Southampton car park this morning.

Hampshire police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and a file was being prepared for the coroner.

Barnes' body was found in an NCP car park, between Portland Terrace and Western Esplanade.

Ambulance and police attended and he was declared dead at the scene.

Barnes, who was also a magistrate, was arrested in May 2009 after one of his victims came forward after more than 30 years.

He was found guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court on 7 December of five charges of indecent assault, which had taken place between 1964 and 1983.

He was acquitted on another indecent assault charge and the judge ordered jurors to clear him of a further similar charge.

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