Teenager told police she woke up to discover Benjamin Mendy’s friend raping her trial hears - court latest

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Benjamin Mendy and his friend Louis Saha Matturie are on trial accused of rape and sexual assault charges which they deny

A teenager told police she woke up to discover Man City footballer Benjamin Mendy’s friend raping her, a court heard.

The woman, in her late teens, said she had gone to Louis Saha Matturie’s flat near Manchester city centre with a friend in the early hours of 8 April last year.

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Matturie, 41, and another man, identified only by the name ‘Ghost’ or ‘G’, was also there and the four of them spent time playing cards, Chester Crown Court heard.

Matturie of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault relating to seven young women.

Both men say if any sex did take place it was consensual.

Louis Saha Matturie is on trial along with Benjamin Mendy accused of rape and sexual assault.Louis Saha Matturie is on trial along with Benjamin Mendy accused of rape and sexual assault.
Louis Saha Matturie is on trial along with Benjamin Mendy accused of rape and sexual assault. | PA

What did the woman say in her evidence?

The court heard she had become tired and Matturie told her she could use the spare bedroom to sleep.

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But she said was later awoken by being fondled before being raped, the court heard.

It was only after the alleged attack finished and he got up that she realised it was Matturie, she said.

“I started crying,” she told police in a video interview played to the jury.

“I just sat there for a moment, ‘What the hell!’ I ran out crying.

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“When it was happening, I was not properly awake. There was a point where I properly woke up and he got off me.

“It doesn’t sound like a big deal but it was horrible at the time.”

The court heard in March last year, a month before Matturie is alleged to have raped her, her friend, had told her that she woke up being raped by the defendant.

Under cross-examination Lisa Wilding KC, defending Matturie, asked the teenager: “She was saying Saha was a rapist. After she told you that, you carried on going back to the flat?”

“Yes,” she replied.

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Ms Wilding suggested she was fully aware of who she was having sex with and it was consensual.

She said police later found an email on the teenager’s phone from a company titled Compensation Experts.

Ms Wilding continued: “Was it about what you say happened with Saha?”

“No,” she replied.

Ms Wilding said: “You have deliberately lied about what happened that night and lied to support your friend in her claim against Saha.”

“No,” the teenager replied.

The trial continues.

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