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BREAKING: Benjamin Mendy found not guilty of six counts of rape and one count of sexual assault

Manchester City left back Benjamin Mendy has been found not guilty of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault.

Meanwhile, jurors could not reach verdicts on one count of rape and one of attempted rape, following a six-month trial at Chester Crown Court

The French international and 2018 FIFA World Cup winner was accused of seven counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault against six young women

The 28-year-old and friend Louis Saha Matturie had been on trial at Chester Crown Court since August 10.

Saha Matturie, 41, Mendy’s co-accused and alleged ‘fixer’ was found not guilty by the jury of three counts of rape relating to two teenagers.

Jurors also failed to reach verdicts on three counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault against him by five other women.

Judge Steven Everett thanked jurors and excused them from jury service for seven years.

Matthew Conway, prosecuting, said the prosecution will seek a retrial on the counts the jury could not reach verdicts on.

He said: “The prosecution has made a decision. We have made a decision today, which is to proceed on these counts in two separate trials and we seek today a provisional case management.”

Lawyers are discussing dates for future hearings and a trial possibly in June.

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