Benjamin Mendy

LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP Tried in England for numerous charges of sexual violence, footballer Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of six rapes.

LINDSEY PARNABY / AFP

Tried in England for numerous charges of sexual violence, footballer Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty of six rapes.

SEXUAL VIOLENCE – It is widely whitewashed. Judged since August 10 after multiple accusations of sexual violence, footballer Benjamin Mendy learned this Friday, January 13 that he had been recognized ” not guilty of six of the seven rapes for which he had found himself facing justice. A charge for sexual assault was also swept aside by the popular jury.

On the other hand, the jury of this trial which was held at Chester Crown Court, near Manchester, failed to rule on two additional counts (rape and attempted rape) which weighed against the man who was in his time the most expensive defender of world football.

The prosecutor has indicated that he will request a new trial on these last two counts. A second trial which should begin from June 26, announced judge Steven Everett. Now 28, the French international defender, suspended for more than a year by his Manchester City club, risked life in prison in this first high-profile trial in England.

Four months in detention and bail

Note that Louis Saha Matturie (no relation to former footballer Louis Saha), the supposed ” reel ” which brought together Benjamin Mendy and the young women, was found not guilty of three charges of rape. The jury, however, failed to rule on six other counts. In total, he and Mendy were charged by 13 women.

In court, the prosecution presented Benjamin Mendy as a “predator” having abused victims “vulnerable, terrified and isolated”. The footballer, he denied having been “a danger for women”claiming to have had only consensual sex.

Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the France team, where he was a substitute, Benjamin Mendy was imprisoned at the end of August 2021 and spent more than four months in pre-trial detention. Released on bail in early January 2022, he was placed under judicial supervision pending trial. Trained in Le Havre, revealed in Marseille and spent a season with Monaco, Benjamin Mendy became the most expensive defender in history in 2017 when the Citizens paid 52 million pounds (about 61.4 million euros at the current price). ) to secure his services.

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