Ex-Manchester City defender, Benjamin Mendy leaving court after he’s cleared of r3ping woman after re-trial
Reacting to the not-guilty verdict, he had only one word to say; “Alhamdullilah,” an Arabic phrase meaning: ‘Praise be to God’.
The former Manchester City player was accused of r3ping a 24-year-old woman in a bedroom at his home in Cheshire in October 2020.
He was also charged with the attempted r3pe of a 29-year-old woman at his home two years earlier.
Mendy, who had denied both charges, was found not guilty by the jury of six men and six women at Chester Crown Court. He said the encounters had been consensual.
Earlier this year the footballer had been found not guilty of se3ual offences against a number of women but the jury were unable to reach verdicts on the two charges.
At his retrial, prosecutors said Mendy would host parties and social gatherings at his home The Spinney while under contract at Manchester City.
The court heard Mendy had met a British student in a nightclub in Barcelona in 2017. She became close with a friend of Mendy’s and arranged to visit him at the footballer’s home the following year.
After a night out she alleged Mendy tried to r3pe her.
But the footballer told the jury: “I asked her if we are OK to have s3x. She told me, ‘No’ because of my friend. “I was like, ‘It’s fine, my friend says it’s OK, so if you want, he’s OK with that. It’s when she started to be like that – upset, sad. I just left the room.”