Ryan Giggs WILL stand trial again: The ex-Man Utd star will face another court battle next July, accused of assaulting ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and engaging in controlling and coercive behavior
- Former Manchester United star Ryan Giggs will have to stand trial again
- Faces charges of assault and controlling and coercive behavior against his ex
- But he now has an agonizing wait of at least ten months to find out his fate in a new trial.
- The jury in the case did not reach a verdict last week after a three-week trial
Ryan Giggs will have to stand trial again, facing charges of assault and controlling and coercive behavior against his ex-girlfriend, it was announced today.
But the former Manchester United and Wales footballer is now waiting at least ten months to find out his fate in a new trial.
The retrial decision came after the Crown Prosecution Service decided it would press charges against the former Manchester United and Wales footballer after a jury failed to reach a verdict last week in after a three-week trial.
Former Wales manager, 48, is accused of assaulting Kate Greville, 38, and her sister Emma, 26, amid an alcohol-fuelled row at home of several million pounds from Giggs to Worsley.
He is also accused of coercive and controlling behavior towards public relations manager Greville for three years – charges he denies.
Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs at Manchester Crown Court on August 31
At a brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court today, the judge approved a prosecution request for a second trial. Giggs was excused.
Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told Judge Hilary Manley: ‘We are asking for a new trial in respect of Mr Giggs.
“The matter was considered at a higher level within the Crown and the complainant’s willingness to testify, although not determinative of the matter, was also considered.
“They indicate a preparation to do so. Therefore, we invite you to set a date for the retrial of this case.
Judge Manley set a trial date, the next date available to prosecution and defense attorneys, for July 31, 2023 for a trial estimated to take three to four weeks.
Giggs’ case had previously been heard at Manchester Crown Court throughout August, but the trial collapsed after the jury failed to deliver a verdict after 20 hours of deliberation.
Giggs is accused of assaulting Kate Greville (pictured), 38, and her sister Emma, 26
But his retrial will be postponed until at least July next year, meaning the former Man Utd winger now faces an agonizing wait to find out his fate.
After nearly a full day of deliberation, the seven women and four men on the Manchester Crown Court jury were released after failing to reach a verdict on August 31.
There were only 11 jurors as one fell ill and was fired. The hearing, which lasted 17 days, is said to have cost the taxpayer over £100,000.
The former footballer lowered his head and looked crestfallen when a tentative first trial date of June 5 was handed to court.
Giggs’ mother Lynne, who supported her son throughout and watched from the public gallery, held his head in her hands. Outside court, she said her son’s life was “on hold”.
Giggs broke down and sobbed in court as he told how spending the night in the cells after his arrest was the “worst experience of my life”.
The former Wales manager has been accused of controlling and coercing Miss Greville.
When she announced she was leaving him, on November 1, 2020, Giggs reportedly butted her out at his mansion in Worsley, Greater Manchester.
He was also accused of assaulting his sister, Emma, 26, who was at the property looking after the couple’s puppy.
Giggs denied one count of controlling and coercive behavior and two assault offenses.