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Ryan Giggs: Ex-Manchester United Star Acquitted Of Charges Involving Former Girlfriend

Ryan Giggs, born in Cardiff, had an illustrious career with Manchester United, making 963 appearances and scoring 168 goals. He also represented Wales in 64 matches and went on to manage the national team.

Ryan Giggs, the former Manchester United star, has been cleared of charges relating to his former girlfriend after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) withdrew the charges at a hearing held at Manchester Crown Court.

The 48-year-old Mr. Giggs has consistently denied allegations of assault, controlling or coercive behavior towards Kate Greville, 38, as well as assaulting her sister Emma.

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Judge Hilary Manley declared him not guilty on all three counts.

The scheduled retrial, set to commence on 31 July at Manchester Crown Court, was no longer necessary.

In August of last year, the initial four-week trial ended with the jury failing to reach verdicts after more than 20 hours of deliberation.

As the judge had agreed that his presence was unnecessary, Mr. Giggs did not attend the court proceedings on Tuesday.

Prosecutor Peter Wright KC informed the court that the CPS was no longer pursuing the case.

He explained that Kate Greville had expressed unwillingness to testify in a retrial due to the toll it had taken on her and her sister during the first trial, which had garnered significant media and public attention.

Mr. Wright emphasized that this was not a decision made lightly. Efforts were made to understand the reasons behind Ms. Greville’s reluctance to cooperate with a second trial, but the prosecution deemed it inappropriate to compel her through a witness summons.

He stated that there was no realistic chance of conviction for the charge of coercive and controlling behavior, and it was no longer in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution for the assault charges against Ms. Greville and her sister.

Consequently, the prosecution formally offered no evidence on all three counts. In response, Mr. Giggs’ defense barrister, Chris Daw KC, expressed Mr. Giggs’s deep relief that the case had finally concluded after nearly three years of fighting to clear his name.

He stated that Mr. Giggs now intends to rebuild his life and career as an innocent man.

The former footballer had consistently denied “losing control” and engaging in the alleged acts of assault against his ex-girlfriend and her sister.

The incidents were said to have occurred during a heated argument at his residence in Worsley, Greater Manchester on 1 November 2020.

The retrial was scheduled after the jury in the initial trial was discharged.

During the trial, Mr. Giggs admitted to infidelity in his relationships but denied ever physically assaulting a woman or attempting to control or coerce one.

The court was presented with details of the alleged assault, which took place at his home following a dinner argument where he was accused of messaging other women.

The jury heard about a struggle over mobile phones, leading to Emma Greville, who was taking care of the couple’s dog, contacting the police.

Mr. Giggs refuted the allegations and claimed that Kate Greville had kicked him in the head.

A spokesperson for the CPS stated that cases are continuously reviewed to ensure they meet the legal test, which requires a realistic prospect of conviction based on the available evidence and prosecution being in the public interest.

Following recent developments, it was determined that the legal test was no longer met. Insufficient evidence was available to proceed with the charge of controlling or coercive behavior, and it was no longer deemed in the public interest to pursue the remaining assault charges.

The decision was made after discussions with Greater Manchester Police and consultations with the complainants.

The spokesperson emphasized that the role of the CPS is to make fair, independent, and objective assessments regarding the appropriateness of presenting charges for consideration by the criminal court.

They encouraged potential victims to come forward and report offenses to the police, with the assurance that prosecutions would be pursued when the legal test is met.

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Ryan Giggs, born in Cardiff, had an illustrious career with Manchester United, making 963 appearances and scoring 168 goals. He also represented Wales in 64 matches and went on to manage the national team.

In November 2020, he stepped away from his role after being arrested and subsequently resigned as manager in June 2022 while awaiting trial. His replacement, Robert Page, led Wales to their first World Cup appearance in 58 years in Qatar at the end of 2022.

 

 

 

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