Benjamin Mendy pictured running with ankle tag as footballer awaits rape trial

Manchester City defender Benjamin Mendy has been pictured running with an ankle tag ahead of his rape trial.

The 27-year-old was charged by police for seven counts of rape, which he denies. Having been suspended by Man City and granted bail, the left-back has been maintaining his fitness levels by going on long-distance runs on Cheshire’s country lanes.

He was snapped on Wednesday afternoon dressed in all black as he jogged with an electronic ankle bracelet visibly tucked under his white sock. It comes ahead of the Frenchman’s two-day pre-trial hearing beginning on May 23.

Mendy was ordered by Judge Steven Everett in March to attend the pre-trial hearing at Chester Crown Court later this month.

Judge Everett also confirmed the trial date for Mendy and his co-accused Louis Saha Matturie, who is also on bail, as 25 July. The trial is expected to last up to six weeks.

The World Cup 2018 winner, who lives in Prestbury, Cheshire, is accused of seven counts of rape relating to four women, one count of sexual assault and one of attempted rape. All of the charges are alleged to have happened between late 2020 and August 2021.

Mendy was originally held at Liverpool's Category B prison HMP Altcourse following his arrest in October 2021. However, after fears for his safety, he was moved to top-security prison Strangeways, dubbed as the UK's ''grimmest' prison.

But a ruling from Cheshire Crown Court meant Mendy was allowed to move back into his £5m Cheshire mansion in January. He is said to be under strict measures at the property as set out in his bail conditions.

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