Benjamin Mendy trial: “Do not let a moral point of view cloud your judgment”, reminds the judge

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Benjamin Mendy trial: “Do not let a moral point of view cloud your judgment”, reminds the judge

“Don’t assume that your verdicts have to be similar for Mr. Mendy and Mr. Matturie. » Judge Steven Everett exposed this Wednesday to the twelve jurors of the Crown Court of Chester (Cheshire) the legal provisions. Benjamin Mendy is accused of seven rapes, one attempted rape and sexual assault on six women; Louis Saha Matturie (unrelated to French striker Louis Saha) of six rapes and one attempted rape on seven women.

Everett then characterizes the legal definitions of rape, attempted rape, and sexual assault. The prosecution, he continues, must prove to the jurors the non-consent of the complainants, at the heart of the debates since the start of the trial. “A person consents to something if he agrees and is able to make a free choice. Lack of consent can be evidenced by a variety of factors, such as submission, fear (without threat or by use of force). »

“Not a court of morals”

Pedagogue and attentive, the judge reminded the jurors that “It’s a court of law, not a court of morals. Perhaps you concluded that Mr. Mendy and Mr. Matturie wanted to sleep with a number of women and that they were, sometimes, inclined to sleep with the same woman during the same party, the same night. Don’t let a moral perspective on this behavior cloud your judgment. »

The trial continues this morning with the argument of prosecutor Timothy Cray, who must prove to the jurors the guilt of Mendy and Matturie. The pleadings of the lawyers of the two defendants will follow, probably Thursday and Monday.

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