Charges against ex-Manchester United star Ryan Giggs dropped

Ryan Giggs leaves Manchester Court on August 31, 2022.

After nearly three years of proceedings, the British justice announced on Tuesday July 18 the end of the prosecution for domestic violence against the former star footballer of Manchester United Ryan Giggs, 49 years old. A first trial in 2022 did not lead to a verdict, the jury failing to agree on the guilt of the former player and coach of Wales. Ryan Giggs was accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and her sister.

A second trial was scheduled for the end of July, but the prosecution said it was dropping charges at a preliminary hearing at Manchester Crown Court in northern England. “This is not a decision taken lightly”assured the representative of the prosecution, Peter Wright, explaining that Kate Greville, tested by the hearings of last year, did not wish to testify again.

“Wash His Name”

“Mr Giggs is deeply relieved that the lawsuits have finally come to an end, after almost three years of fighting to clear his name”responded the footballer’s lawyer, Chris Daw. “He has always been innocent of these charges, and many, many lies have been told about him in courthe continued. He was found not guilty on all counts and now wants to rebuild his life and career. » Under pressure, Ryan Giggs left his post as Wales manager in June 2022.

Ryan Giggs had pleaded not guilty to the charges against him, which date back to a violent argument on 1er November 2020, when the police were called to his home. The one who won two Champions Leagues in the Manchester United jersey was then arrested and then released. According to the prosecution, Mr Giggs violently attacked his then partner, Kate Greville, and her sister Emma, ​​injuring the former in the elbow and lips. The accused had assured never to have committed violence against women, evoking an involuntary shock with his ex-partner while they struggled for control of a mobile phone.

The World with AFP


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