Seven of the nine allegations that were brought against Benjamin Mendy were dismissed as unfounded by the court.
After a trial that began in August 2022, the Manchester City defender was found not guilty of all seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
However, after 14 days of deliberation at Chester Crown Court, the jury was unable to reach verdicts on two other charges brought against Mendy: one count of rape, involving a woman who was 24 years old in October 2020 and one count of attempted rape, involving a woman who was 29 years old in October 2018. Both of these incidents took place in October.
In the event that the jury is unable to reach a verdict on any of the claimed rape or attempted rape allegations against Mendy, a new trial is scheduled to take place in June.
Louis Saha Matturie, who was also implicated along with Mendy, was found not guilty of all three counts against him. In September, he will be tried again on six additional accusations in the case.
Both guys disputed the allegations and said that there was no coercion involved in any of their sexual encounters.
Following a full and thorough investigation into allegations of rape and sexual assault made against Mendy and Matturie, a file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service, which directed that a prosecution be pursued. This was stated by Detective Chief Inspector Kate Tomlinson of the Cheshire Constabulary.
“There will now be retrials for the other matters later on in this year, and we continue to assist the witnesses in this case, as well as work with our colleagues at the Crown Prosecution Service.”
“We are dedicated to investigating any and all complaints of rape and sexual assault, regardless of how long ago the crimes were allegedly committed.” Please do not suffer in silence if you are a victim of this type of crime; if you come forward, we will listen to you, we will take action, and we will provide you with the support that you require. “If you are a victim of this type of crime, please do not suffer in silence; if you come forward, we will listen to you, we
As the verdicts were being read out against him, Mendy buried his head in his hands to show his defiance.
They were given to the jury on Wednesday, but it couldn’t report on them until the jury had finished looking into the two remaining charges.
On Friday, the judge questioned whether or not the jury would be able to reach a judgment if they were given further time. On the other hand, the foreman’s response was “No. We have reached a point where we are unable to reach a consensus.
The club, Manchester City, issued a brief statement “taking note” of the ruling.
According to the statement, “given that there are open matters linked to this case, the club is not in a position to speak more at this time.” (Given that there are open matters related to this case.)
After Mendy was arrested in August 2021, Manchester City terminated his contract and ceased paying him in September of that same year.