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Benjamin Mendy rape trial set for January 24

Thursday’s hearing saw the defendant’s “application to dismiss” adjourned, with Mendy set to remain in prison until December 22.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on October 22, 2019 Manchester City's French defender Benjamin Mendy warms up for the UEFA Champions League Group C football match between Manchester City and Atalanta at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester, northwest En

French left-back Benjamin Mendy, who is charged with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, is set to reappear in court on December 22, according to the Manchester Evening News.

Mendy, 27, was initially charged on August 26 with three counts of rape relating to an alleged incident in October 2020, one count of raping a woman in August this year and the sexual assault of a woman in early January 2021. Those alleged offences relate to four women over the age of 16 and are alleged to have taken place between October 2020 and August 2021.

Thursday’s hearing saw the defendant’s “application to dismiss” adjourned, and Mendy will remain in prison until December 22 when a plea and trial preparation hearing will take place, during which the player will be required to state whether he pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges.

A preliminary hearing took place on November 16, which was attended by Mendy and co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie. Mr Matturie, 40, has also been handed further charges - two further counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Trial to take place in January

Until then, Mendy will remain in HMP Altcourse, where he has been since August. The trial date has been set for January 24.


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