Footballer Benjamin Mendy faces retrial for alleged sex offences

Benjamin Mendy, a French player, will return to a UK courtroom on Monday to begin his retrial for two alleged sexual offenses, five months after a jury absolved him of many other counts.

Mendy, a Manchester City midfielder, will return to Chester Crown Court in northwest England to face one count of rape and one of attempted rape.

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Jurors in his first trial, which concluded in January, were unable to reach a decision on two allegations involving two other women.

Following a six-month trial, the jury of seven men and four women acquitted the defender of six further counts of rape and one of sexual assault against four women.

In January, the judge set a fresh trial date of Monday for the two counts on which the jury did not reach a verdict.

Mendy, whose contract with Manchester City expires at the end of this month and is not expected to be renewed, has disputed all of the allegations leveled against him.

Mendy covered his face with both hands and softly rocked back and forth in court as the not guilty verdicts were given out.

Jenny Wiltshire, one of his lawyers, said at the time that the footballer was “delighted” that he had been acquitted of most of the charges he faced.

She added at the time that he looked forward to “clearing his name in relation to the other two charges so he can start rebuilding his life”.

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