Court finds Benjamin Mendy not guilty of one count of rape
Benjamin Mendy, a football player for Manchester City, was found not guilty of one count of rape on the judge’s instructions during his trial. At Chester Crown Court, Mr. Mendy, 28, was exonerated of raping a 19-year-old lady on July 24, 2017, at his Prestbury, Cheshire, home.
Additionally found not guilty of two counts of rape against the same lady was co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41. They both continue to be on trial for what are allegedly sexual offenses. Salford resident Mr. Matturie was also found not guilty on one count of sexual assault against the same woman.
Tuesday, after the prosecution presented no additional evidence and formal not guilty verdicts were entered, Judge Stephen Everett instructed the jury to acquit the defendants on those counts.
According to the prosecution, Benjamin Mendy “made the pursuit of women for sex into a game” and was a “predator.” Seven allegations of rape, one count of attempted rape, and one count of sexual assault against six young women are still pending against the football player.
It is reported that Mr. Matturie, the footballer’s friend and fixer, was in charge of locating young women for sex. In relation to seven young ladies, he denies three counts of sexual assault and six counts of rape.
Both men said if any sex did take place with women or girls it was consensual.