Footballers’ names learn to jurors in Benjamin Mendy trial


The names of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones – who all both play for or beforehand performed for Metropolis – have been learn to a jury panel at Chester Crown Court docket on Wednesday forward of the trial, which is predicted to open on Monday.

The potential jurors, chosen from a panel of 38, heard an inventory of people that could also be witnesses or may very well be referred to throughout the trial and have been requested whether or not they had any connection to them or knew them personally.

Manchester Metropolis footballer Benjamin Mendy arrives at Chester Crown Court docket (David Rawcliffe/PA) / PA Wire

Mendy, 28, denies eight counts of rape, one among tried rape and one sexual assault towards seven complainants.

The offences are alleged to have taken place between October 2018 and August final yr.

He pleaded not responsible to one of many counts of rape on Wednesday, having entered not responsible pleas to the opposite 9 expenses at earlier hearings.

Mendy, who wore a blue swimsuit, is standing trial alongside Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Eccles, Salford, who denies eight counts of rape and 4 counts of sexual assault regarding eight younger ladies.

Potential jurors additionally heard the names of the complainants and have been requested if that they had any connections to Manchester Metropolis, Manchester United or police forces.

Co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie at Chester Crown Court docket (David Rawcliffe/PA) / PA Wire

Honorary Recorder of Chester Choose Steven Everett instructed them: “A few of you’ll recognize, Mr Mendy is an expert footballer. He performs for Manchester Metropolis.”

Eight males and 6 ladies have been sworn in to serve on the jury, together with two jurors who will likely be discharged after the opening of the case.

They have been instructed the trial was anticipated to final 15 weeks.

About 20 members of the media have been in courtroom for the listening to on Thursday, with others watching by videolink.

A French interpreter was within the dock with the defendants.

Mendy has performed for Manchester Metropolis since 2017, when he joined from Monaco for a reported £52 million.

He was suspended by the membership after being charged by police.

Each defendants are on bail.

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