September 14 – Manchester Metropolis participant Benjamin Mendy has had one of many eight rape prices towards him dropped throughout his on-going trial at Chester Crown Court docket.
On the path of the choose at his trial, Mendy, 28, was cleared of the rape of a 19-year-old girl at his house in Prestbury, Cheshire, on July 24 final yr.
Louis Saha Matturie, 41, who can be trial for six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault, was additionally discovered not responsible of two counts of rape towards the identical girl.
Mendy nonetheless faces seven counts of rape, one rely of tried rape and one rely of sexual assault towards six younger ladies.
Prosecutors described Mendy as a “predator” who “turned the pursuit of girls for intercourse right into a sport”. Matturie is alleged to have had the job of discovering younger ladies for intercourse.
On dismissing the rape prices after the prosecution provided no additional proof for the rape alegations, Decide Stephen Everett advised jurors to not speculate on why the prosecution had determined to not pursue responsible verdicts however to proceed to “faithfully” strive the defendants on the a number of prices they nonetheless face.
Each males deny the costs towards them saying that any intercourse with the ladies or women was consensual.
The trial continues.
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