04 Sep 2022 | 08:37 | Football
A UK judge on Wednesday sacked an 11-man jury in a domestic violence case against the former Manchester United winger. Ryan Giggs, after it failed to reach a verdict despite several days of deliberation. Judge Hilary Manley rejected the jury of seven women and four men, who had been selected for a majority verdict, after determining that there was no “real prospect” of a decision later. nearly 23 hours of deliberation. Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which oversees prosecutions in England and Wales, has had a week to decide whether to hear the case again after a four-week trial at Manchester Magistrates’ Court. Crown.
“I have given the prosecution a brief time to review their position,” Manley told Giggs shortly after the jury was discharged, adding that “there will be more clarity in a week’s time.” “.
CPS must consider the public interest in the retrial of the 48-year-old former footballer, who was until recently coach of the Wales national team, which will take place next year and possibly away. especially in June.
Giggs, who remains on bail and is not required to attend his next court hearing on September 7, did not comment as he left the court in central Manchester.
He has denied controlling and forcing his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and assaulting her and her sister.
If convicted, the three counts can lead to a five-year prison sentence.
Prosecutors allege that the former star headbutted Greville as she tried to end their relationship, and subjected her to “both physical and psychological abuse”.
– ‘Imperfect’ –
Former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson was one of those giving evidence in the case, which also saw Giggs take a stand and admit to being unfaithful in all past romantic relationships but deny ever being abusive.
His lawyer insisted the former winger “did not use unlawful violence”, and admitted that his conduct was “morally far from perfect”.
Giggs resigned as Wales manager in June, after being on leave since his arrest.
He said he did not want the “continuing interest around this” to affect the team as it prepared for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Giggs burst onto the stage as a teenager in the mid-1990s. He ended his career at Old Trafford as the most decorated player in English football history.
As a player, he made a club record of 963 appearances in 23 years for Manchester United, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles.
He began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking charge at the end of the 2013-14 season after David Moyes was sacked. Giggs then worked as an assistant to Louis van Gaal for two years.
Giggs was appointed Wales manager in January 2018 and helped them secure Euro 2020, their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.
He missed his chance to lead them to the European Championship last year after being suspended by the Welsh FA since November 2020.
He eventually stepped down from that role in June after Wales qualified for the World Cup under the management of his former assistant Rob Page.
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