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13th Jan 2023

Benjamin Mendy found not guilty of six counts of rape


Mendy has been on trial at Chester Crown Court since August.

Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of six counts of rape and one charge of sexual assault against five women.

The jury at Chester Crown Court was discharged on Friday after it failed to reach a verdict on two further charges against the Manchester City player.

Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie was found not guilty of three counts of rape against two women.

Jurors were unable to reach verdicts on six further charges against him.

The Crown Prosecution Service has seven days to decide whether to pursue a retrial on the charges where a verdict could not be agreed.

Mendy, 28, denied seven counts of rape against four women; one count of attempted rape alleged by a fifth woman; and one count of sexual assault against a sixth.

The offences were alleged to have taken place at his home in Prestbury between October 2018 and August of last year.

Matturie, 41, – Mendy’s co-defendant and alleged ‘fixer’ – denied six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault. The allegations related to seven women.

Mendy’s club Manchester City released a short statement after the verdict, which reads:

Manchester City FC notes the verdict from Chester Crown Court today, where a jury has found Benjamin Mendy not guilty of seven charges. The jury is hung on two charges and the trial is now over.

Given there are open matters related to this case, the Club is not in a position to comment further at this time.

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