Manchester Metropolis footballer Benjamin Mendy is a “hazard to girls”, the jury in his rape trial has heard.
Timothy Cray KC, prosecuting, throughout a second day of cross-examination at Chester Crown Court docket, put it to the Premier League participant that he doesn’t see girls as particular person folks and thinks regular guidelines don’t apply to him so he will get it “terribly flawed” in believing they’re consenting to intercourse.
Mendy admitted he regrets his partying way of life and advised jurors he’s “loopy” and that his life was like being on a “quick practice” that saved “going and going” till he was arrested and had time to assume in jail.
The 28-year-old France worldwide is accused of being a “predator” who turned the pursuit of girls for intercourse right into a sport, commonly going clubbing in Manchester earlier than holding “after-parties” the place younger girls had been invited again to a metropolis centre house or his Cheshire mansion and sexually assaulted.
He denies rape and sexual assaults on six girls and advised the jury any sexual contact was at all times consensual.
One rape complainant has claimed Mendy advised her having intercourse with him was a “privilege” and he had had intercourse with 10,000 girls.
Mr Cray requested Mendy: “You did not actually see them as folks, simply issues for use for intercourse. That is how you probably did see them and the way you’ll get it terribly flawed about whether or not they had been consenting or not?”
Mendy replied: “No.”
The jury heard that, throughout the pandemic, the flat Mendy rented in Manchester and his dwelling, The Spinney, in Mottram St Andrew, Cheshire, had been used for lockdown-busting events, to prey on younger girls.
Mr Cray continued: “Did you assume the principles didn’t apply to you? You had events since you had this lust for intercourse?”
Mendy stated: “No. On the time I used to be simply partying. I used to be not pondering that nicely.”
Mr Cray stated: “You had been a hazard to girls, weren’t you? Since you didn’t see any penalties of breaking actually vital guidelines?”
Mendy stated: “No, by no means. Having a social life, I did a number of issues.”
The jurors had been proven a CCTV clip of Mendy in a nightclub, dancing with girls and holding his crotch.
Mr Cray stated: “That is what you considered on the time – what’s in your pants – and also you had intercourse with them it doesn’t matter what they thought.”
Eleanor Legal guidelines KC, defending Mendy, requested him about his perspective to girls and way of life on the time of the alleged offences.
Mendy stated: “I used to be attempting to be direct, to keep away from dialog, go on dates… I used to be loopy. I used to be taking dangers. The social gathering, the Covid guidelines… it was just like the practice was going quick and I used to be protecting going, protecting going, till I went to jail – the primary time I used to be actually alone and the primary time to consider every little thing.”
Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one rely of tried rape and one rely of sexual assault in opposition to six younger girls.
His co-accused, Louis Saha Matturie, 41, of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault regarding seven younger girls.
The trial continues.