Man City defender Benjamin Mendy arrives court in a prison van to face trial for rape and sexual assault

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By Mukwuzi Joseph

A Premier League football star arrived at court today in a prison van under a police escort to face four charges of rape.

Benjamin Mendy, 27, who plays for Manchester City, is accused of attacking three women over ten months – and is also facing a single sexual assault charge.

The defender, who moved to the reigning champions for a reported £52million four years ago, arrived at Chester Magistrates’ Court in a GeoAmey vehicle this morning. 

The DAF van was given an escort by a Peugeot 308 police car before driving into the court building through an open red shutter door, which was then closed behind it.  

French international Mendy earns £90,000 a week and lives in a £5million mansion in Prestbury, an upmarket village near Manchester popular with fellow players.

He has also been suspended by Manchester City, the club announced last night.

Sportsmail revealed in November that a Premier League star had been arrested on suspicion of rape, but was unable to reveal his identity for legal reasons.

Yesterday, a spokesman for Cheshire Constabulary said the Crown Prosecution Service had authorised the force to charge Mendy in connection with the alleged sex attacks, which involve three female complainants over the age of 16.

The spokesman said: ‘Benjamin Mendy, aged 27, has been charged with four counts of rape and one count of sexual assault.




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