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22nd Aug 2022

Ryan Giggs must ‘pay the price’, prosecutor tells court

Jack Peat

‘The reality is the truth has caught up with him’ 

Jurors in the Ryan Giggs trial have been told it is time for him to “pay the price” as his trial draws to a close.

Prosecutor Peter Wright QC reiterated there were “two very different Ryan Giggs” in his closing speech at Manchester Crown Court.

He said: “The one who is exposed for public consumption and the Ryan Giggs who exists on occasion behind closed doors.”

Mr Wright invited the jury of seven women and five men to conclude the defendant is “not a thing of unalloyed beauty but when the mask slips” is the person capable of the charges he faces.

He said: “The reality is the truth has caught up with him (Giggs) and now it’s time.

“It’s time to pay the price.”

Giggs, 48, is on trial over allegations he assaulted his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 38, causing her actual bodily harm, and of controlling or coercing her during their relationship between August 2017 and November 2020.

He also denies assaulting the PR executive’s 26-year-old sister, Emma, in the same incident at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

On Monday, Mr Wright said: “This case is about abuse of power of a man over another human being.

“It’s actually a tale which is as old as the hills.

“It is about a man who thinks, or thought he could do whatever he liked in respect of his treatment of Kate Greville and that he could get away with it because the sad history of this relationship revealed that his excesses were endured by her, excused and kept private.”

He said a “microcosm of the entire case” could be heard in the initial stages of the first 999 call to police from Emma Greville on the evening of November 1.

Mr Wright said: “In that microcosm what we hear is unlawful acts of violence by the defendant and an attempt by him to abdicate any responsibility on his part for what he has done by blaming another or the other.

“The one on the receiving end of his excesses and when that fails emotional blackmail as a last resort.

“An attempt to avoid the consequences.

“The problem for Ryan Giggs is he had gone too far once too often to someone who was impervious to his pleading and threats.

“And he had done it to Kate who was fortified by her recently found resolve and so each of them were then equipped to stand up to him, to disclose what he had done and what he was capable of.

“Eventually it had caught up with him … and he has no-one else to blame for it but himself.”

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