Ryan Giggs trial jury discharged after failing to reach verdict


Josh Halliday North of England correspondent

Wed, 31 August 2022 at 4:35 pm

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Ryan Giggs is facing a possible retrial after a jury failed to reach verdicts on charges of assault and controlling behaviour.

Giggs, 48, had been charged with deliberately head-butting his former girlfriend, Kate Greville, and elbowing her younger sister in the face during an argument at his home in Greater Manchester on 1 November 2020.

He was also accused of using coercive and controlling behaviour against Greville, 38, over a period of three years from 2017 to 2020.

The former Manchester United and Wales footballer denied all three charges and protested his innocence during a three-week trial at Manchester crown court.

A panel of 11 jurors, made up of seven women and four men, was discharged on Wednesday after informing the judge they would be unable to reach verdicts after deliberating for almost 23 hours. One juror was discharged last week after falling ill.

Giggs bowed his head as the jury foreman told the judge, Hilary Manley, that there was “no reasonable prospect” of them reaching verdicts if they were given more time.

The Crown Prosecution Service has been given seven days to decide whether to seek a retrial. Any trial would not happen until June next year.

Giggs, the most decorated footballer in the English game, nodded in the dock as he was told he would be released on police bail ahead of another hearing next Wednesday, at which it will be decided whether he will face another trial.

The trial heard how Giggs was accused of deliberately head-butting Greville after elbowing her younger sister, Emma Greville, in the face during a scuffle over a mobile phone.

The incident at Giggs’s £2.7m home brought to an end a six-year on-off relationship that Greville said became “utter hell” during Covid-19 lockdown in 2020.

Greville, a PR executive, said she became “a slave to his every need” and that Giggs “made me feel like I had to do what he said, otherwise there were consequences”.

The former Wales manager insisted that he had never been violent to any woman, or used coercive or controlling behaviour against them. His barrister, Chris Daw QC, has said the allegations were based on “distortion, exaggeration and lies”.

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