A British judge on Wednesday acquitted an 11-member jury in the domestic violence case against the former Manchester United winger. Ryan GiggsAfter several days of deliberations, he failed to arrive at a decision. Judge Hilary Manley dismissed the jury of seven women and four men, who were empowered to reach a majority verdict, after determining there was “no real possibility” of a verdict after nearly 23 hours of deliberations. ” was not. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which oversees prosecutions in England and Wales, was given a week after the four-week trial at Manchester Crown Court to decide whether to retry the case. To be done.
“I’ve allowed the prosecution a short time to consider their position,” Manley told Giggs shortly after dismissing jurors, adding that “there will be more clarity in a week’s time”.
The CPS must consider the public interest in a retrial of the 48-year-old former footballer, who most recently served as Wales national team coach, which will take place next year and possibly as early as June.
Giggs, who has been 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 denied controlling and coercive behavior towards his ex-girlfriend Kate Gravel, as well as assaulting her and her younger sister.
If found guilty, the trio could face up to five years in prison.
Prosecutors allege the former star head-butted Gravel in the face when she tried to end their relationship, and subjected her to “both physical and psychological abuse”.
– ‘Far from perfect’ –
Former manager of Manchester United Alex Ferguson, who gave evidence in the trial, also saw Giggs admit to being unfaithful in all his past romantic relationships but denied ever being violent.
His lawyer insisted the former winger “used no unlawful violence”, while admitting his conduct was “far from perfect on a moral level”.
Giggs resigned as Wales manager in June after being on leave following his arrest.
He said he did not want the “continued interest in this matter” to affect the team as it prepares for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
Giggs burst onto the scene 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 963 appearances for Manchester United over 23 years, winning 13 Premier League titles and two Champions League trophies.
He began his coaching career at Old Trafford, taking temporary charge at the end of the 2013–14 season after David Moyes was sacked. Giggs then worked as Louis van Gaal’s assistant for two years.
Giggs was appointed Wales boss in January 2018 and helped them qualify for Euro 2020, their first major tournament since the 1958 World Cup.
Having been on leave from the Welsh FA since November 2020, he missed out on leading them to last year’s European Championship.
He finally resigned from the role in June after Wales qualified for the World Cup under the tutelage of his former assistant Rob Page.
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