Benjamin Mendy. (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has arrived for a court hearing ahead of a trial in which he is facing seven rape charges.
Mendy, 27, had spent five months in prison after being accused of attacking five women between October 2020 and August 2021.
He was released on bail in January ahead of today’s hearing at Chester Crown Court prior to a trial scheduled for later this year.
Mendy denies all allegations made against him and is awaiting trial alongside co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Eccles in Greater Manchester.
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What are the charges against Mendy?
Mendy has now been charged with seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
The alleged incidents are in relation to five separate women and are said to be have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.
The latest charge, which had previously been subject to reporting restrictions, relates to a new complainant and is alleged to have taken place in July 2021
Mendy had been in custody since August 2021, and has been denied bail three times in the period since prior to January 2022.
Alongside the 27-year-old, another man - the aforementioned Matturie, 40 - has also been charged with rape in relation to the inquiry.
When is Mendy’s trial due to take place?
Mendy’s trial was initially scheduled to take place in late January 2022.
Following this latest development, however, it is understood that it will now start on either June 27th or August 1st of next year.
Judge Patrick Thompson remanded both defendants into custody until January 7th, when a further pre-trial hearing will be held.
He was granted bail after being held in custody for five months and ordered to stay at his home address, not to contact any complainant and to hand over his passport.
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