Benjamin Mendy cleared of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault

Benjamin Mendy was cleared of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

The Manchester City footballer will, however, face a new trial on two outstanding charges.

Jurors were unable to reach a verdict on one count of rape and one of attempted rape after a six-month trial at Chester Crown Court.

Mendy’s co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 41, was found not guilty of three counts of rape.

Jurors did not return a verdict on three other counts of rape against Matturie, as well as three counts of sexual assault.

Judge Steven Everett dismissed the jurors after they failed to achieve majority verdicts in the remaining cases, ending the trial.

Mendy and Matturie will now face separate trials.

Mendy’s retrial will take place on June 26 and is expected to last two to three weeks. It was set for the same court.

The 28-year-old is also due in court for a pre-trial on January 27.

Matturie’s trial is due to begin the week of September 18.

The 41-year-old has been asked to attend a pre-trial scheduled for March 24.

Matthew Conway, prosecuting, said the prosecution wanted to seek a new trial on the counts the jury could not rule on.

He said: “The prosecution has made a decision. We made a decision today to proceed on these counts in two separate trials and we are now seeking interim management of the case.

Mendy and Matturie have denied all charges against them.

The two men have been on trial at Chester Crown Court since August 10, 2022.

The jury, made up of seven men and four women, first came out to consider the verdicts on December 5 and Friday was the 14th day they were absent.

Mendy covered his face with his hands as the foreman found “not guilty” on all seven counts, which involved four young women.

The jury was released on Friday after deliberating for 67 hours 17 minutes over 14 days.

In September, Mendy was found not guilty of one count of rape on the judge’s instructions during his trial.

Matturie was also found not guilty of two counts of rape against the same woman at the same time.

Mendy, who cost Manchester City £52m when signed from Monaco in 2017, was suspended by the Premier League club when he was arrested in August 2021.

Manchester City said in a statement on Friday: “Manchester City FC takes note of the verdict at Chester Crown Court today in which a jury found Benjamin Mendy not guilty on seven counts.

“The jury is pending on two counts and the trial is now over. As there are open questions related to this matter, the Club is unable to comment further at this time.

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