Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been discovered not responsible of the rape of a 19-year-old lady on the course of a decide presiding over his trial for a number of alleged sexual offences. His co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, was additionally cleared of two counts of rape and one among sexual assault towards the identical lady after the prosecution provided no additional proof towards the defendants on these 4 counts. Judge Stephen Everett warned jurors at Chester Crown Court, in northwest England, to not speculate as to why the prosecution had determined to not pursue responsible verdicts on these expenses and to proceed to “faithfully” attempt the defendants on the fees they nonetheless face.
Earlier, jurors have been informed of a non-public video of the lady having what was described as “enthusiastic” intercourse with Matturie, when she claimed she had been raped.
The 20-minute cell phone video was taken by Matturie on August 1 final yr, the courtroom heard, every week after each males had allegedly raped the identical lady on the identical evening on the footballer’s mansion.
The lady had informed the jury Matturie sexually assaulted her for a second time at a flat on August 1, 2021 after clubbing in Manchester.
Lisa Wilding, defending Matturie, prompt what occurred between them was “consensual, willing and enthusiastic” intercourse, not rape, the courtroom heard.
The lady denied this, claiming the incident left her feeling “shamed and disgusted”.
Wilding stated: “I’m going to have to ask you to look at some images.”
The listening to was adjourned and when courtroom resumed after lunch, Timothy Cray, prosecuting, stated the prosecution was now not looking for responsible verdicts on alleged sexual offences involving the 19-year-old complainant.
Jurors have been then directed to enter not responsible verdicts towards the defendants.
The rape cost dropped towards 28-year-old Mendy associated to every week earlier than the incident with Matturie when the lady had alleged after an evening out clubbing she awoke at Mendy’s home to seek out the footballer raping her.
The identical evening, July 24 final yr, Matturie can be alleged to have raped her in accordance with DNA proof, however she has “no memory” of that, the courtroom heard. That rely was additionally dropped.
Prosecutors have alleged France World Cup winner Mendy is a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of women for sex into a game”.
Mendy nonetheless faces seven counts of rape, one rely of tried rape and one rely of sexual assault towards six younger ladies.
Matturie, the footballer’s pal and fixer, is alleged to have had the job of discovering younger ladies for intercourse.
Matturie nonetheless denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault regarding seven younger ladies.
Both males say if any intercourse did happen with ladies, it was consensual.
Mendy joined Premier League champions City from French facet Monaco in 2017.
He has performed 75 occasions for the membership however his enjoying time was restricted by accidents and a lack of type.
He was suspended by City after being charged by police in August final yr.
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