Rape Charges: Benjamin Mendy Arrives At Court To Face First Day of His Trial

Manchester City's Benjamin Mendy has arrived at court for the start of his trial accused of sex attacks on seven young women.

Mendy, 28, denies charges of eight counts of rape, one count of attempted rape and one count of sexual assault. 

The Premier League star and France international is alleged to have committed the offences against the women between October 2018 and August last year at his home address.

Mendy will go on trial along with his co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who has also entered not guilty pleas to all charges he faces.

Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault, relating to eight young women. The alleged offences span July 2012 to August last year.

Last week, the names of Raheem Sterling, Jack Grealish, Kyle Walker, Riyad Mahrez and John Stones, all either current or ex- Manchester City players, were read to jurors ahead of the trial.

Hi Honour Judge Everett wanted to make sure no jurors had any personal connection to anyone who could be referred to during the trial, or be called as a witness.