Manchester City star Benjamin Mendy, 27, and co-accused male, 40, appear in court by videolink after being charged with two more counts of rape as pair are remanded in custody
- Mendy has been charged with two counts of rape on a woman in the past year
- Premier League footballer already charged with four rapes of three other women
- French star, 27, is being held on remand at HMP Altcourse in Liverpool Mendy’s
- Co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 40, also accused of six rapes
- Both men appeared by videolink at Manchester Magistrates’ Court this morning
Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy has appeared in court charged with two more counts of rape.
Mendy, 27, now faces a total of six allegations of rape and one of sexual assault after initially being charged with five offences in August.
The French international has been in custody since August after a number of bail applications were refused by judges.
The footballer appeared by video-link at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday afternoon charged with two further counts of rape.
He appeared alongside co-defendant, Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who has also been charged with two additional counts of rape and one of sexual assault.
Court artist sketch by Elizabeth Cook of Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy (left) appearing at Manchester Magistrates Court charged with two additional counts of rape, after initially being charged in August with four counts of rape. He is pictured with Louis Saha Matturie who is accused of sexually touching a woman in Sheffield in 2016, raping a woman in March this year and another count of rape in Macclesfield in July.
Benjamin Mendy is pictured on August 12 out with his teammates at The Ivy in Manchester. He is now in custody and accused of six rapes – two more charges were announced yesterday
Mendy’s co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 40, of Eccles, Greater Manchester, (left at court in September, right previously) has today been charged with two additional counts of rape and one count of sexual assault. This means he is charged with six counts of rape and a sexual assault.
The case was sent to Chester Crown Court, where it will be heard on Thursday morning.
A court heard previously that the alleged attacks are said to have happened at his home address in Prestbury.
Mendy was suspended by Manchester City after being charged by police, pending an investigation.
Matturie is also in custody. Both men are scheduled to go on trial on January 24, 2022.
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.