Benjamin Mendy to remain in prison until December 22

Manchester Evening News and L’Équipe report that French full-back Benjamin Mendy, who is charged with six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, is set to reappear in court on December 22. Today’s hearing saw the defendant’s “application to dismiss” adjourned, and he wil remain in prison until then.

A preliminary hearing took place on November 16, which was attended by Mendy and co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie through a video call. Another one took place today, during which it was heard that the “application to dismiss” had been adjourned to December 22.

The same date will also see the “plea and trial preparation hearing” take place, during which the player will be required to state whether he pleads guilty or not guilty to the charges. The alleged offences involved four plaintiffs over the age of 16.

Until then, he will remain incarcerated in HMP Altcourse, where he has been since the end of August after breaking parole conditions. The trial will take place on January 24, and could last between 2 and 3 weeks.