Benjamin Mendy has been found NOT GUILTY on six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault but will face retrial on two outstanding charges KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt

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Friday, January 13, 2023

Benjamin Mendy has been found NOT GUILTY on six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault but will face retrial on two outstanding charges

Benjamin Mendy has been found NOT GUILTY on six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault but will face retrial on two outstanding charges.

Jurors could not reach verdicts on one count of rape and one of attempted rape, following a six-month trial.

Mr Mendy and his friend Louis Saha Matturie, 41, were accused of various sex offences against young women.

Mr Matturie was also found not guilty of three counts of rape at Chester Crown Court.

Jurors failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against him.

Mr Mendy covered his face with both hands as the jury foreman repeated "not guilty" to the six counts, which related to four young women or teenagers.

The unanimous verdicts were delivered on Wednesday by the seven men and four women on the jury, one juror having been discharged earlier for medical reasons.

The verdicts could not be reported until jurors concluded considering the remaining two counts, after they were given a majority direction by Judge Steven Everett, meaning he would accept a 10-1 majority on any verdict.

But after 14 days of deliberation, jurors could not reach verdicts on Mr Mendy's alleged attempted rape of a woman, 29, in 2018 and the alleged rape of another woman, 24, in October 2020.

Jurors were unable to reach verdicts on a further count of rape, and another count of attempted rape. Louis Saha Matturie, Mendy's alleged 'fixer', has been found not guilty of three counts of rape, allegedly committed against two women.

All not guilty verdicts were unanimous. In his case, jurors were unable to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault, allegations concerning five women.

"Given there are open matters related to this case, the Club is not in a position to comment further at this time."

Jurors had initially been instructed by the judge to reach unanimous decisions on all 18 charges facing Mendy, 28, and his co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41.

On Wednesday, the 12th day of deliberations, Judge Everett said that he would accept a majority decision. But the jury of 11 were still unable to reach a verdict - leading to the judge bringing a trial that began in the middle of August to a close.

Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, has been found not guilty of three counts of rape relating to two teenagers. The jury were unable to reach verdicts on three additional rape counts and three allegations of sexual assault against him by five other women.

Four weeks into the trial, Mendy and Matturie were found not guilty of an additional count of rape against a 19-year-old woman after video evidence was produced in court that showed consensual intercourse taking place.

After the jury was discharged Matthew Conway, representing the prosecution, said that they would be seeking a retrial on the counts the jury could not reach verdicts on.

Mr Conway said: “The prosecution has made a decision. We have made a decision today, which is to proceed on these counts in two separate trials and we seek today a provisional case management.”

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