Ex-Man City player Benjamin Mendy breaks down after being found not guilty of sex offences

Benjamin Mendy, a former Manchester City player, get emotional when a UK jury cleared him of sex offences.

Mendy, 28, seemed emotional as he dropped his head to his knees and wiped away tears after hearing the decision at Chester Crown Court. This came after a three-week trial that resulted in his acquittal.

Mendy was previously cleared of six charges of rape and one count of sexual assault following a six-month trial in January. However, jurors were unable to make a decision on one count of rape and another of attempted rape, resulting in a retrial.

Mendy continuously rejected all allegations filed against him throughout the court procedures. His Manchester City contract had ended at the end of June.

Mendy was charged alongside Louis Saha Matturie, who was identified as an alleged “fixer.”

In the earlier trial, however, the jury found Matturie not guilty on three charges of rape related to two teenagers.
Jurors also failed to reach verdicts on five other women’s allegations against Matturie. He is going to face trial again later this year.

The prosecution said that Mendy acted as a sexual “predator” and raped or sexually assaulted young women arranged by Matturie during parties held at his luxurious home near Manchester.

Mendy and Matturie both denied any non-consensual sexual activity, claiming that all of their encounters with women were consensual.

In a statement following the verdict, the footballer’s lawyers stated that he was “delighted” to have been acquitted in both trials.

“Benjamin Mendy would like to thank the members of the jury for focusing on the evidence in this trial rather than the rumour and innuendo that has followed this case from the outset,” they added. They said he had “tried to remain strong” throughout but the court process had had a “serious impact” on him.

 

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