Benjamin Mendy refused bail for a third time amid rape case
Benjamin Mendy accused of rape
At the end of August, news broke that Cheshire Police had arrested Manchester City full-back Benjamin Mendy, who was charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
Statement from Cheshire police
“Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.
The charges relate to three complainants over the age of 16 & are alleged to have taken place between Oct 2020 & Aug 2021.”https://t.co/3GLVndSOOe
— Sam Lee (@SamLee) August 26, 2021
This was later confirmed by the club in a statement, which read:
‘The matter is subject to a legal process and the Club is therefore unable to make further comment until that process is complete.’
The French defender has since been suspended by the club, and is currently in prison awaiting trial, which is expected to take place in January 2022.
As per the Daily Telegraph:
Mr Mendy is charged with three counts of rape which allegedly took place during a party at his Cheshire mansion on October 11 last year.
He was arrested in November in connection with the alleged offences and bailed by police.
Mr Mendy is further charged with sexually assaulting a woman at a party at his home on January 2 when most of the country was in Tier 4 lockdown.
The final charge relates to the alleged rape of a 17-year-old girl, which prosecutors say took place on 23 August at his home in Prestbury.
The club have since removed any mention of Mendy from their club shop, although the player bio remains.
Defender refused bail a third time
Now, as per BBC News, the Manchester City defender has been refused bail for the third time, meaning that he will remain in police custody until his trial on January 24th 2022, where he has been for the last seven weeks.
Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy refused bail for third time ahead of trial facing multiple charges of rape and sexual assault https://t.co/Ff5kFMvzOn
— BBC News (UK) (@BBCNews) October 11, 2021
Should he be found guilty, the case would mark the end of Mendy’s playing career at any level, and most likely a very severe prison sentence.