Benjamin Mendy: Manchester City defender found not guilty of seven of nine charges

Benjamin Mendy has been discovered now not accountable of 7 of the 9 fees in opposition to him.

The Manchester Town defender has been cleared of six counts of rape and one rely of sexual attack after a tribulation which started in August 2022.

On the other hand, after 14 days of deliberation at Chester Crown Court docket, the jury has been not able to succeed in verdicts on two different fees in opposition to Mendy – one rely of rape, involving a girl elderly 24 in October 2020, and one rely of tried rape, involving a girl elderly 29 in October 2018.

Mendy will face a retrial in June over the 2 fees – alleged rape and alleged tried rape – that the jury may just now not come to a decision on.

Mendy’s co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, has been discovered now not accountable of 3 fees. He faces a retrial on six extra fees in September.

Each males denied the costs and stated the entire sexual job was once consensual.

Detective Leader Inspector Kate Tomlinson, of Cheshire Constabulary, stated: “Following a complete and thorough investigation into allegations of rape and sexual attack made in opposition to Mendy and Matturie a document of proof was once submitted to the Crown Prosecution Carrier, who directed {that a} prosecution case must be pursued.

“There’ll now be re-trials for the remainder issues later this 12 months and we proceed to make stronger the witnesses on this case, and paintings with our colleagues on the Crown Prosecution Carrier.

“We’re dedicated to investigating all allegations of rape and sexual attack – regardless of how way back they came about. In case you are a sufferer of this sort of crime, please do not endure in silence, come ahead and we can concentrate to you, we can take motion and we can come up with the make stronger that you wish to have.”

Mendy held his head in his palms because the verdicts in opposition to him have been learn out.

They have been delivered on Wednesday however may just now not be reported till the jury completed bearing in mind the remainder two fees.

On Friday, the pass judgement on requested if the jury would achieve verdicts if that they had extra time. On the other hand, the foreman spoke back: “No. We’re at some extent now the place we will be able to’t agree.”

Manchester Town launched a brief commentary “noting” the decision.

“Given there are open issues associated with this example, the membership isn’t able to remark additional at the moment,” the commentary learn.

Manchester Town suspended Mendy when he was once arrested in August 2021 and stopped paying him in September 2021.

His contract expires this summer season.

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