Man City star Benjamin Mendy, 27, is refused bail and held in prison until his rape and sex assault trial next year
Premier League footballer Benjamin Mendy was today refused bail ahead of his trial for rape and sexual assault due to take place in three months’ time.
The 27-year-old Manchester City defender, who is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool, was denied bail by a judge at Chester Crown Court.
Mendy, of Prestbury, Cheshire, who moved to the reigning champions for £52million in 2017, has now been in custody for about seven weeks being charged in August.
It was the third bail application the French footballer had made. He is yet to enter pleas to the charges of four counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
Benjamin Mendy is pictured on August 12 out with his teammates at The Ivy in Manchester
Mendy is pictured playing or Manchester City against Leicester City on September 27, 2020
Mendy was denied bail today by judge Patrick Thompson at a 50-minute hearing at Chester Crown Court, from which the media was excluded.
The alleged attacks, on three different women including one under 18, none of whom can be identified, are said to have happened at his home in Prestbury.
Mendy was charged on August 26, with three counts of rape relating to an alleged incident in October 2020 and with the sexual assault of a woman in January 2021.
He is also charged with raping a woman in August. A trial date has been set for January 24, 2021.
The defendant is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool (file picture)
Mendy earns £90,000 a week and lives in a £5million mansion in Prestbury, an upmarket village near Manchester popular with fellow players.
He was part of France’s World Cup winning squad in 2018, but did not play in the final. He has made 75 appearances for Man City since signing from Monaco in 2017.
Mendy played in Man City’s first two games this season against Leicester City and Tottenham Hotspur but was on the bench for their third game against Norwich City.
The following game was against Arsenal, by which time he had been charged.