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07th Sep 2022

Ryan Giggs to face retrial on domestic violence charges, judge rules

Jack Peat

Jury discharged Giggs trial

A date has been set for July 31st next year 

Ryan Giggs will face a retrial on domestic violence charges, a judge has ruled today.

The former Manchester United winger had been on trial for four weeks, but the jury failed to reach a verdict on any of the charges after 20 hours of deliberations.

Giggs had denied controlling or coercive behaviour over a three-year period towards his ex-girlfriend, Kate Greville, 38.

He also denied “losing control” and headbutting her, and assaulting Ms Greville’s sister, Emma, by elbowing her in the jaw, during a row at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on November 1 2020.

During a brief hearing at Manchester Crown Court the judge approved a prosecution application for a second trial.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told Judge Hilary Manley: “We do seek a retrial in respect of Mr Giggs.

“The matter has been considered at a senior level within the Crown Prosecution Service, and also the willingness of the complainant to give evidence, although that is not determinative on the matter, has also been canvassed.

“They indicate a preparedness so to do.

“Consequently we do invite you to fix a date for the retrial of this matter.”

Judge Manley fixed a new trial, on the next date available to both prosecution and defence lawyers, of July 31 2023 for a hearing estimated to last three or four weeks.

Giggs will remain on bail until then.

A further pre-trial hearing was set for July 3rd 2023.

He said in a statement: “After more than three weeks in court I am obviously disappointed that a retrial has been ordered.

“My not guilty plea remains in relation to all charges. I am confident that justice will eventually be done and my name will be cleared of all the allegations.

“I would like to thank my legal team, my mum, my children, my girlfriend Zara, as well as my closest friends, for their support throughout this period.

“I understand the level of interest and the scrutiny around this case but I would like to ask that my and my family’s privacy is respected in the weeks and months ahead.”

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