The trial of Manchester City player Benjamin Mendy continued in Manchester on Tuesday. Mendy is accused of seven counts of rape against four women one count of attempted rape, and one count of sexual assault.
The 28-year-old has allegedly committed sexual offenses against seven women between October 2018 and August of the last year. Mendy has pleaded not guilty to all the assault charges. His co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie also denies eight counts of rape and four counts of sexual assault.
A teenager told police she woke up to find a friend of footballer Benjamin Mendy raping her, a court heard on Tuesday. The woman said she went to Louis Saha Matturie's Manchester flat with a friend on 8 April 2021.
In a police interview played to the jury, the young woman told officers she thought the person spooning her from behind was another man who had been at the flat but had only after the attack she realized that it was Matturie.
"I started crying,"
she told the officers.
"When it was happening, I was not properly awake,"
"There was a point where I properly woke up and he got off me.
"It doesn't sound like a big deal, but it was horrible at the time.”
Lisa Wilding KC, defending Matturie, questioned the witness' version of events. Wilding told the court that a month before the alleged attack, the woman's friend had told her that she had woken up to find herself being raped by Matturie.
She said the woman had returned to the flat despite that allegation and had had consensual sex while being fully aware of that being with Matturie.
The teenager denied Wilding's claim that she had lied about what happened that night.
Prosecutors have alleged Mendy is a predator and Matturie is a fixer who will find young women for sex as a job. The trial continues in the coming days.
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