- Feb 23, 2024
- Sep 1, 2023
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy on Tuesday has been proven not guilty on a charge of rape of a 19-year-old woman. The rape charges dropped against Mendy was related to an alleged incident that happened at his house on July 24th.
Mendy’s co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, was also cleared of two counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against the same woman. However, the prosecutors have alleged Mendy is a “predator” who “turned pursuit of women for sex into a game-like manner”.
Judge Stephen Everett of the Chester Crown Court in northwest England directed the jurors to give the verdict in Mendy’s favour after the prosecution offered no further evidence against the defendants. Along with this, Mendy is allegedly charged with seven counts of rape and also one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women.
On the other hand, his friend Matturie reportedly arranged for young women to have sex with Mendy. However, both the accused claimed that the sex was consensual if it happened. Matturie has denied all the accusations.
The verdict was given by a jury under the direction of a judge at Chester Crown Court in northwest England. Mendy’s co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, was also cleared of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault against the same woman after the prosecution offered no further evidence against the defendants on those four counts. Judge Stephen Everett warned jurors not to speculate as to why the prosecution had decided not to pursue guilty verdicts in relation to the charges concerned and to continue to “faithfully” try the defendants on the multiple charges they still face.