Benjamin Mendy has been freed on bail after being arrested and charged with multiple sex offences. (Credit: Getty Images)
Benjamin Mendy has been freed on bail after being arrested and charged with multiple sex offences against young women.
The footballer, who plays with Manchester City, had been in custody for 134 days after first being arrested and charged on 26 August last year.
At a glance: 5 key points
- In August 2021, Mendy was arrested and charged in connection with eight sex offences against five different women
- The French footballer was accused of seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault
- Mendy has since been detained at HMP Manchester, after being moved from HMP Altcourse, Liverpool
- He had been due to go on trial this month, however this was pushed back the 27 June at the earliest
- Judge Patrick Thompson granted Mendy bail until 24 January
What happened in court?
Mendy appeared at Chester Crown Court in a private hearing which press was excluded from.
After bail had been discussed between Mendy, his lawyers and Judge Thompson, press was permitted to rejoin the court.
It was confirmed that he would be given bail until 24 January.
Full bail conditions were not released in open court but what is known is that Mendy must live at his home address, cannot contact the complainants and must surrender his passport by midnight on Friday.
As the terms were read out in court, Mendy replied “OK” to Judge Thompson.
What is Benjamin Mendy accused of?
Mendy is accused of seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault against five different women.
It is alleged that the crimes took place on 11 October 2020, 2 January 2021, 24 July 2021 and 23 August 2021.
After the footballer was arrested and charged, Manchester City suspended the player pending an investigation.
Alongside Mendy, co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie is accused of six counts of rape and one sexual assault.
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