Football: Giggs trial: jury cannot agree

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SoccerGiggs trial: Jury disagrees

The ex-Manchester United player accused of violence against his ex-girlfriend and her sister split the jury.

Ryan Giggs (right) leaves court unaware of his fate.

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Drama at Ryan Giggs domestic violence trial: The jury couldn’t agree on the ex-Manchester United star’s guilt, paving the way for a possible new trial against the footballer.

After three weeks of hearings in Manchester (northern England) and 23 hours of deliberations over several days, Judge Hilary Manley sent home the jury charged with charging the 48-year-old ex-player in this affair, dismissing him from his post as Wales resign coach.

He is accused of violence against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and her sister and controlling behavior.

New trial?

The various parties must now discuss whether to set up a possible new trial, which might not take place before June 2023 given the backlog in the UK courts. A hearing is scheduled for September 7 to discuss this.

Giggs had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which stem from a heated argument on November 1, 2020 when police were called to his home. The man who won the Champions League twice in a Manchester United shirt was subsequently arrested and then released.

According to prosecutors, Ryan Giggs then violently attacked Kate Greville and her sister Emma, ​​injuring his partner in the elbow and lips.

During the trial, she had portrayed the footballer as responsible “for a variety of physical and psychological violence against a woman he says he loves”.

“The defendant’s behavior has become increasingly repressive,” prosecutor Peter Wright said, calling his and Kate Greville’s relationship “toxic and damaging.”

Unfaithful

With tears, she described the “aggressive” behavior of her companion at the hearing. The 36-year-old PR executive, who met Mr Giggs through work, said she was “madly in love with him” but “there were clearly red flags from the start”.

Kate Greville had detailed her suspicions of Mr Giggs’ infidelity and said he aggressively denied it, blocked her number and ignored her before asking her to come back. She had opened up about an argument at a hotel earlier in their relationship in 2017, claiming the footballer “literally freaked out” and dragged her naked down the hallway, where he emptied the contents of her suitcase.

The defendant had assured that he had never committed violence against women and sent his ex-girlfriend into involuntary shock when they fought for control of a cell phone: “We lost our balance because we slipped on the shopping bags “.

He had admitted to being unfaithful, answering “no” when his attorney asked him if he had “managed to remain faithful to his successive companions, including his ex-wife and Mrs. Greville,” and whether he would then be able “to resist when ‘An attractive woman expresses her interest’.

Defended by Alex Ferguson

During the trial he had received support from former Manchester United star manager Alex Ferguson, who set him as an “example” who had never lost his temper or engaged in violent behavior during his time at the club.

As a player, Giggs won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles with the Red Devils. The midfielder began his coaching career at Old Trafford, where he acted as caretaker manager at the end of the 2013/14 season following the sacking of David Moyes, before spending two years as Louis van Gaal’s assistant.

He was appointed manager of the Wales team he led to the last 16 of last year’s Euros in January 2018.

He resigned in June and said he did not want the case to disrupt the team’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Wales side’s fourth appearance in major competition since the 1958 World Cup.

(AFP)


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