Benjamin Mendy presented as a “predator” at his rape trial in England

World football champion Benjamin Mendy, prosecuted for rape in England, was presented this Monday, August 15 by the prosecution at his trial as a “predator” having abused victims “vulnerable, terrified and isolated”.

The 28-year-old French defender, suspended for a year by Manchester City, is on trial in Chester, in the north of England, for eight rapes, an attempted rape and a sexual assault against seven women.

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He denies the ten counts which relate to facts which allegedly took place between October 2018 and August 2021 at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire. He faces life imprisonment.

Benjamin Mendy is on trial alongside another man, Louis Saha Matturie – unrelated to former footballer Louis Saha – prosecuted for eight rapes and four sexual assaults on eight women between July 2012 and August 2021. He also pleaded not guilty .

“It has nothing to do with football”

After two first days of trial devoted to the choice of jurors and the organization of hearings, the court returned to the heart of the matter on Monday with the start of the prosecution’s statement.

“The case is simple”prosecutor Timothy Cray told jurors. “It has nothing to do with football. It’s another chapter in a very old story: men who rape and assault women because they think they have power and because they think they’ll get away with it. »

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He called the two defendants “predators ready to commit serious sexual abuse” on young victims “vulnerable, terrified and isolated”pointing out that the phone of some women could have been confiscated when they went to the player’s home.

“Who had the power? »

The prosecutor also shed light on the links between Benjamin Mendy and Louis Saha, which had been rather vague until then. Louis Saha, friend of Mendy, were according to Mr. Cray in charge of “finding young women and creating situations where they could be raped and sexually assaulted”.

“Ask yourself”he challenged the jurors: “Who had the power and control in the situations these women experienced? »

The highly publicized trial taking place at Chester Crown Court, south-west Manchester, is expected to last more than three months.

Winner of the 2018 World Cup with the France team, where he played the role of a good comrade if not a key player, Benjamin Mendy spent more than four months, from August 2021 to January 2022, in pre-trial detention.

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Released in early January, he was placed under judicial supervision pending trial.

Trained in Le Havre, revealed in Marseille and spent a season with Monaco, Benjamin Mendy became the most expensive defender in history in 2017 when the Citizens paid 52 million pounds (about 61.4 million euros at the current price). ) to secure his services.

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