Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has reportedly appeared in court to receive his new allegation of attempted rape.
The French defender was seen in the dock at Chester Crown Court, where a judge confirmed that the new charge the 27-year-old defender faces can now be reported.
The France international currently faces nine charges in total, which includes seven counts of rape with six different victims, according to americancasinosites.
Judge Patrick Thompson asked the lawyers to bring everything up to speed and ensure there will be no delay as he intends to set a date for a trial, which will go on for six weeks, starting from July 25. This was revealed at the pre-trial hearing.
Speaking to the media, he said: “It’s not fair on the complainants and not fair on the defendants.
“I’m conscious of the fact that the complainants have already suffered significant delay.
“Say, for example, Mr Mendy, his career is on hold. Everyone has got to understand Mr Mendy can’t go to work. This matter needs to be tried.”
The defendant, who was seen to be putting on a dark grey suit, white shirt and black tie, only spoke when asked to confirm his identity before leaning his head towards his French interpreter, who sat between him and Louis SahaMatturie, his co-defendant.
Judge Thompson was then able to set a further pre-trial hearing for March 11 as Benjamin Mendy, of Withinlee Road, Prestbury, Cheshire, is charged with nine offences of rape involving six alleged victims.
His charges include seven counts of rape involving four women, one of sexual assault and the latest charge being one of attempted rape with a new complainant.
40-year-old Matturie, of Eccles, Salford, is being charged with 10 offences, which involves seven victims with seven counts of rape relating to five of them and three of sexual assault.
All charges were scored from late 2020 to August 2021. However, none of the women involved can be identified by law as complainants of sexual offences.
The duo of defendants were both arrested on August 26, 2021, they were not released until bail was granted back in January as reported by wolfwinner.com.
Following the conclusion of a 90-minute hearing held on Wednesday, Judge Thompson said to both defendants: “You will next be required to attend on Friday the 11th of March.
“You both have your bail on conditions as before.”
To which Mendy nod his head and replied: “Okay.”
Mendy joined Premier League champions Manchester City back in 2017 when he joined the team from AS Monaco for £49.3 million.