Benjamin Mendy was found not guilty on Friday of six rapes, committed on four women, and a sexual assault on a fifth. No conviction could be obtained on a seventh count of rape and another count of sexual assault. This will be the subject of a new trial.
He risked life in prison
Judge Steven Everett of the court in Chester, northern England, told the France international that a preliminary hearing would take place on January 27 before a two to three-week trial from June 26.
The 28-year-old defender, who was suspended for more than a year by his Manchester City club, had been charged since the beginning of August. Accused of seven rapes, an attempted rape and a sexual assault, he risked life in prison.
Seventeen weeks of debates
The co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie (no relation to the former player) was found not guilty of three counts of rape. However, he must be brought before the court again in September because a verdict could not be passed on three charges of rape and three others of sexual assault.
The trial against the 2018 world champion, concluded in early December, lasted seventeen weeks. This week, faced with the jurors’ inability to agree on a unanimous decision during their deliberations, the judge announced he would accept a majority verdict.