Benjamin Mendy is set to return to a UK courtroom today, June 26, 2023 for the start of his retrial for two alleged sexual offences.
Benjamin Mendy, 28, will be back at Chester Crown Court in northwest England to face one count of rape and one of attempted rape.
Jurors in his last trial failed to reach verdicts on the two charges involving two different women which ended in January.
The panel, which featured seven men and four women, previously cleared Mendy of six other counts of rape and one of sexual assault against four women following a six-month trial.
The judge in January had set up a new trial date of Monday, June 26, for the two counts but the jury did not return a verdict.
Benjamin Mendy denied all charges filed against him earlier in the year and we are about to face a new round of trials.
Mendy covered his face with both hands, gently rocking back and forth after the not guilty verdicts were read out in court in January.
One of Mendy’s Lawyers, Jenny Wiltshire, confirmed that the defender was “delighted” that he had been acquitted of most of the charges he faced.
She also went on to add that he looked forward to “clearing his name in relation to the other two charges so he can start rebuilding his life”.
What Happened To Mendy?
Benjamin Mendy was accused together with Louis Saha Matturie, 41, an alleged “fixer”, but was found not guilty by the jury of three counts of rape relating to two teenagers.
However, jurors also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against Matturie by five other women.
The prosecution had accused Mendy of being a sexual “predator” who raped or sexually assaulted young women procured by Matturie at parties at his luxury home in south of Manchester.
Benjamin Mendy however denied ever forcing any woman into sex and both said any sexual activity they had with women was consensual.
Mendy was suspended by Manchester City – which he joined from French club Monaco in 2017 – after the allegations were made.
The former Monaco defender has not played since August 15, 2021 — days before he was hit with an initial charge of four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Who is Benjamin Mendy?
Benjamin Mendy is a French professional footballer who was born on 17th July, 1994 and plays as a left-back for Manchester City.
Mendy started his playing career in 2010 with the AC Le Havre reserve team after graduating from Le Havre’s development program. A year later, he was promoted to the first squad.
He stayed with the organization until 2013, when he switched to Marseille of Ligue 1.
Benjamin Mendy played with Les Olympiens for the following three seasons before moving on to Monaco, where he won the national championship in 2016–17.