Man City’s Benjamin Mendy found not guilty of one rape charge on judge’s direction

Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie was also found not guilty on the direction of the judge of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault against the same woman.
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Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of one count of rape on the direction of the judge at his trial at Chester Crown Court.

Mendy, 28, was cleared of the rape of a 19-year-old woman at his home in Prestbury, Cheshire on 24 July 2021.

Co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, 41, was also found not guilty on the direction of the judge of two counts of rape and one of sexual assault against the same woman.

Judge Stephen Everett ordered the jury to clear the defendants of those counts after the prosecution offered no further evidence and formal not guilty counts were entered.

Both men remain on trial for multiple alleged sexual offences.

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