Benjamin Mendy cleared of sex attacks on four women, but faces retrial over two other allegations
Why it matters
The case has been widely reported due to the high profile of the defendant, who is a Premier League footballer. The verdicts have been closely watched as they relate to serious allegations of sexual assault and rape. The case highlights the importance of consent and the need for justice to be served in cases of sexual assault.
What the papers say
The Independent, Euronews, Sky News
How we got here
Benjamin Mendy and Louis Saha Matturie have been on trial at Chester Crown Court since August 2022. The verdicts were delivered on Wednesday by the seven men and four women on the jury, one juror having been discharged earlier for medical reasons. After 14 days of deliberation, jurors could not reach verdicts on Mendy's alleged attempted rape of a woman in 2018 and the rape of another woman in October 2020. Prosecutors have sought a retrial over the two other allegations.
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