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Benjamin Mendy Manchester City Footballer Accused Of Rape Released On Bail

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Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has been released on bail after being accused of a series of serious sex offences. 

Mendy was arrested by the Cheshire Police on August 26, 2021 and has been accused of eight offences against five different women, including seven counts of rape and one count of sexual touching.

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He remained in custody before being released on bail by Judge Patrick Thompson today, January 7, following a preliminary hearing at Chester Crown Court.

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The alleged sexual assaults are said to have happened between October 2020 and August 2021, with the first seven charges relating to four complainants over the age of 16. Mendy was hit with the eighth charge, again for rape, from a new complainant last month.

None of the women involved as complainants can be identified.

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The footballer’s release comes after three previous requests for bail were denied. His last attempt took place in October 2021, while he was being held at Liverpool’s category-B HMP Altcourse.

Shortly before Christmas, Mendy was moved to Manchester’s Strangeways prison, one of Britain’s toughest facilities, following fears about his safety.

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Mendy’s trial was originally due to start this month, but has now been pushed back to June at the earliest. The footballer will be subject to ‘stringent’ conditions while on bail, according to Manchester Evening News, including having to surrender his passport by midnight tonight, live at his home address, and make no contact with complainants.

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Upon hearing the conditions, Mendy replied, ‘Okay’.

Also appearing at Chester Crown Court was Mendy’s co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie, who faces six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Mendy joined Manchester City football club as a left-back in 2017, however he was suspended following his arrest. He must return to Chester Crown Court for a further pre-trial hearing on January 24, with Judge Thompson warning that a warrant will be issued for his arrest if he fails to attend.

If you have been affected by any of the issues in this article and wish to speak to someone in confidence, contact the Rape Crisis England and Wales helpline on 0808 802 9999 between 12pm–2.30pm and 7pm– 9.30pm every day. Alternatively, you can contact Victim Support free on 08 08 16 89 111 available 24/7, every day of the year, including Christmas.

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Male Survivors Partnership is available to support adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape. You can contact the organisation on their website or on their free helpline 0808 800 5005, open 9am–5pm Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays; 8am–8pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; 10am–2pm Saturdays.

Topics: News, Bail, Football, Manchester City, Sexual Assault

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