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Premier League: Benjamin Mendy to be tried in January on four rape charges

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Premier League: Benjamin Mendy to be tried in January on four rape charges

Manchester Metropolis suspended the French defender in August, who has been in pre-trial detention ever since.

Benjamin Mendy, throughout a coaching session with Metropolis.REUTERS
  • Premier Benjamin Mendy, suspended by Manchester Metropolis

Manchester Metropolis’s French footballer Benjamin Mendy, 27, will probably be tried in the UK from January 24, 2022 on 4 prices of rape and one among sexual assault, a British decide introduced on Friday. The date, which remains to be topic to alter, was set after a court docket listening to in Chester, within the north of England, through which the French worldwide, world champion with France in 2018, solely spoke to establish himself.

On the finish of the listening to, which lasted 45 minutes, Mendy remained in preventive jail and as he left the room he winked at a person within the viewers.

A second man Louis Saha Matturie, 40, was additionally charged on this case and appeared alongside the French. Three individuals are charged with 4 rapes between April and August. A brand new listening to is scheduled for November 15, through which Mendy’s lawyer said that she may request that the fees be dropped..

In pre-trial jail because the finish of August, the Frenchman is accused of three rapes in October 2020 and one rape in August 2021 at his house in Prestbury, within the county of Cheshire. He’s additionally accused of sexually assaulting a lady, all the time at her house, in early January this yr. The alleged assaults concern three ladies, one among them a minor.

Accidents and scandals

Manchester Metropolis, the place he has performed since 2017, had suspended him in Augustminutes earlier than the police introduced that he was going to seem earlier than a decide. The membership paid € 60 million for Mendy, who was found at Marseille and spent a season at Monaco, making him the most costly defender in historical past on the time.

However his profession has since been marked by accidents, which have pressured him to spend extra time caring for his knees and muscle issues than kicking a ball. The French worldwide additionally made headlines within the fall of 2020, when his Lamborghini, valued at greater than 500,000 euros ($ 587,000), was seized, which he was driving and not using a license or insurance coverage. He pleaded responsible and was fined simply over 1,000 euros.