The defender found not guilty of six rapes, new trial on June 26 for the seventh

The verdict is in. Accused of seven counts of rape and facing life in prison, Benjamin Mendy walks free from his trial in Chester, northern England. After 14 days of deliberation, the popular jury acquitted him of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault on four women. When the decision was announced, the 28-year-old Manchester City player placed both hands on his face as he rocked back and forth slightly. But the jury failed to reach a verdict on a seventh count of rape and attempted rape.

The prosecution requested a new trial on these last two counts. Judge Steven Everett of the court in Chester, northern England, told the French international defender, suspended by Manchester City, on Friday that a preliminary hearing would take place on January 27 before a two to three-week trial from June 26 next. .

The defender swears to have had only consenting reports

His co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie (no relation to former footballer Louis Saha), introduced as his tout, was found not guilty of three rape charges and the jury failed to reach a verdict on three other rape charges and three of sexual assault. At the hearing, the prosecution presented Benjamin Mendy as a “predator” who abused “vulnerable, terrified and isolated” victims.

The footballer denied being “a danger to women” and claimed to have only had consensual sex. Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the French team, where he was a substitute, Benjamin Mendy was imprisoned at the end of August 2021 and spent more than four months in custody. He was released in early January 2022 and had been placed under judicial supervision pending trial.

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