L'heure du procès pour Benjamin Mendy, après un an de descente aux enfers

L’heure du procès pour Benjamin Mendy, après un an de descente aux enfers

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This Wednesday morning will begin a long judicial soap opera in the court of Chester in England. Benjamin Mendy will appear before the English courts to answer the ten counts of which he is the subject. The trial is expected to last a little over a month.

Scheduled for July 25, the trial of Benjamin Mendy will finally open in England. It is in the very small courtroom of the Chester court that Benjamin Mendy will take his place shortly after 11 a.m. (French time), Wednesday morning. It’s a pivotal moment for the 28-year-old, the most important month of his life. Seven women, including a minor, accuse him of ten facts. Eight rapes, one attempted rape and one assault. The facts that the alleged victims denounce would all have taken place in his large villa in Prestbury, south of Manchester between October 2018 and August 2021.

“It’s hot for him, the multiplicity of testimonies does not plead in his favor”, confides a great Parisian lawyer. For six weeks, Benjamin Mendy will have to explain himself on the merits of the case and try to provide explanations and a defense to convince the judges. “The explanation of his lawyer in order to convince the judges will perhaps be the turning point of this trial”, continues the lawyer. The debates will mainly revolve around the question of consent. During pre-trial hearings, the 2018 world champion defender with the Blues pleaded not guilty.

Mendy did not comply with his first judicial review

These first days of trial must above all allow the realization of administrative acts and the establishment of the jury. From Monday, August 15, English justice will study the merits of the case. Since his release after his 134 days in detention, Benjamin Mendy has been placed under judicial supervision. The defender no longer has a passport and is obliged to check in daily at the police station near his home. A real life in the shadows for those used to nightclubs and lively evenings in the heart of their villa. The player is now stuck in his large home south of Manchester. A few relatives are still by his side. The defender, suspended by Manchester City, still takes advantage of a few sporting or administrative opportunities to get some fresh air outside his home.

During the first movements of the case in November 2020 and January 2021, it was, according to our information, the judicial review which had posed a problem and led to his placement in detention. Subsequently, the English justice had decided to place the player in a prison near Liverpool before a transfer to a high security district in Manchester.

What is he at risk?

After a year of investigation, the police have thickened the file of Benjamin Mendy. The seven plaintiffs have always remained silent publicly. It is very rare in England to see the victims speak in the media during the procedure. This Wednesday morning, Benjamin Mendy will be judged alongside Louis Saha Matturie (no relation to the former footballer). Justice accuses this man of eight rapes and four sexual assaults. This case fascinates England and also finds an echo in the midst of the announcement of training on sexual consent for Premier League players.

“The sentences are consecutive, the court must bear in mind the principle of totality. This means that the total sentence must be proportionate, says the English lawyer, Richard Furlong. In other words, if he is found guilty of eight rapes, each of which would warrant a 10-year sentence, he will not get a total sentence of 80. The fact that someone committed eight offenses will be used to increase the total sentence of 10 years to the range of the offense, and maybe outside the range. So for eight offenses, the sentence can be increased to 13 or 14 years. This is an example for better understanding.”

Regarding the rest, Benjamin Mendy should see more clearly during the month of September. For the facts with which he is charged, the French risk life in England. Contacted, Benjamin Mendy’s English lawyers never wished to speak before the start of the trial. The defender is still presumed innocent.

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