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Teenager claims she woke as much as uncover Benjamin Mendy’s buddy raping her

A teen advised police she woke as much as uncover Manchester City footballer Benjamin Mendy’s buddy and fixer raping her, a courtroom heard.

The younger lady, on the time aged 17, mentioned she had gone to Louis Saha Matturie’s flat close to Manchester metropolis centre with a buddy within the early hours of 8 April final yr.

Mr Matturie, 41, and one other man, recognized solely by the identify ‘Ghost’ or ‘G’, was additionally there and the 4 of them frolicked enjoying playing cards, Chester Crown Court heard.

The 17-year-old mentioned she grew to become drained and Mr Matturie advised her she may use the spare bed room to sleep.

However she was later awoken by being fondled earlier than being raped, she mentioned.

Louis Saha Matturie denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault referring to seven younger ladies (PA)

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The younger lady mentioned she thought the individual “spooning” her from behind was the person often known as Ghost, however the individual had a hood up over his face and didn’t say something to her.

It was solely after the alleged assault completed and he acquired up that she realised it was Mr Matturie, she alleged.

“I began crying,” she advised police in a video interview performed to the jury.

“I simply sat there for a second, ‘What the hell!’ I ran out crying.

“When it was taking place, I used to be not correctly awake. There was a degree the place I correctly awakened and he acquired off me.

“It doesn’t sound like an enormous deal however it was horrible on the time.”

However Lisa Wilding KC, defending Mr Matturie, questioned the witness’s model of occasions.

The courtroom heard in March final yr, a month earlier than Mr Matturie had allegedly raped the 17-year-old, her buddy, aged 19, had advised her that she awakened being raped by the defendant.

Below cross-examination Lisa Wilding KC, defending Mr Matturie, requested {the teenager}: “She was saying Saha was a rapist. After she advised you that, you carried on going again to the flat?”

“Sure,” she replied.

Ms Wilding urged she was absolutely conscious of who she was having intercourse with and it was consensual.

She mentioned police later discovered an electronic mail on {the teenager}’s cellphone from an organization titled Compensation Specialists.

Ms Wilding continued: “Was it about what you say occurred with Saha?”

“No,” she replied.

Ms Wilding mentioned: “You could have intentionally lied about what occurred that evening and lied to help your buddy in her declare in opposition to Saha.”

“No,” {the teenager} replied.

Prosecutors have alleged Mr Mendy is a “predator” who, “turned the pursuit of girls for intercourse right into a recreation” whereas Mr Matturie, his buddy and “fixer”, is alleged to have had the job of discovering younger ladies for intercourse.

Mr Mendy denies seven counts of rape, one rely of tried rape and one rely of sexual assault in opposition to six younger ladies.

Mr Matturie of Eccles, Salford, denies six counts of rape and three counts of sexual assault referring to seven younger ladies.

Each males say if any intercourse did happen with ladies or ladies it was consensual.

The trial continues.

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