Manchester City’s Benjamin Mendy Released From Prison On Bail

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Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy, who has been charged with rape and sexual assault, has been released from prison on bail.

Mendy had been held in custody since his arrest for alleged rape and sexual assault in August, and spent Christmas in one of the UK’s toughest prisons.

Mendy, 27, was held in Liverpool’s Category-B HMP Altcourse up until December 23 then moved to top-security prison Strangeways but has now been released on bail and must stay at home.

The alleged seven counts of rape against Mendy involve four women, and the Manchester City player is also facing a charge of sexual touching against a fifth.

He had been due to go on trial this month but it has now been put back to June at the earliest.

Mr Mendy, from Prestbury in Cheshire, was granted bail until 24 January for a further pre-trial hearing. Judge Patrick Thompson told Mr Mendy he must live at his home address, not contact complainants and surrender his passport.

Mendy agreed to the conditions and replied “OK” to the judge.

The left-back joined the incumbent Premier League champions from Monaco in 2017 for a reported £52m but is currently suspended with Manchester City Football Club taking immediate action after his arrest.

Benjamin Mendy will return to court on January 24, with a plea and trial preparation hearing taking place. The trial is set to take place on either June 27 or August 1.

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