Ryan Giggs trial: Jury unable to agree on verdict

Drama at the Ryan Giggs domestic violence trial: the jury failed to agree on the guilt of the ex-Manchester United star, paving the way for a possible new trial of 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 jurors who had to decide on the charges against the 48-year-old ex-player. in this affair which prompted him to resign from his post as Wales coach. He is accused of violence against his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and the sister of the latter as well as behavior of control.

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The various parties will now have to discuss whether or not to convene a possible new trial which, if necessary, would not be held before June 2023 given the backlog in the British courts. A hearing is scheduled for September 7 to discuss it. Giggs had pleaded not guilty to the charges, which date back to a heated argument on Nov. 1, 2020, when 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, Ryan Giggs then attacked Kate Greville and her sister Emma violently, injuring his partner in the elbow and lips. During the trial, she had presented the footballer as responsible « of a multitude of physical and psychological violence against a woman he says he loves« . »The accused’s behavior became increasingly oppressive« , had estimated the representative of the parquet floor Peter Wright, qualifying the relationship between him and Kate Greville of « toxic and harmful« .

« Warning signals »

In tears at the hearing, the latter had described the « aggressive » behavior of her companion. The 36-year-old public relations officer, who had met Mr Giggs on the job, 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, saying he was aggressively denying it, blocking her number and ignoring her, before begging her to come back. She had recounted an argument in a hotel at the start of their relationship in 2017, saying the footballer had « literally freaked outand dragged her naked down the hall, where he dumped the contents of her suitcase.

The accused had assured never to have committed violence against women, evoking an involuntary shock with his ex-partner as they struggled for control of a mobile phone: « we completely lost our balance because we slipped on the shopping bags« .

He had admitted to having been unfaithful, replying « Nope« when his lawyer asked him if he »succeeded in remaining faithful« to his successive companions, including his ex-wife and Mrs. Greville then if he was able to »resist » if « an attractive woman expresses her interestDuring the trial, he had received support from ex-Manchester United star manager Alex Ferguson who presented him as an « example » who had never lost his temper or displayed violent behavior during his time at the club.

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As a player, Giggs won 13 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues with the Red Devils. The midfielder began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking over as temporary manager at the end of the 2013/14 season following David Moyes’ dismissal, before working as Louis van Gaal’s assistant for two years.

He was appointed in January 2018 coach of the Welsh team, which he led to the round of 16 of the last Euro last year. He resigned in June, saying he did not want the case to disrupt the team’s preparation for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, the Welsh eleven’s fourth participation in a major competition since the 1958 World Cup.

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