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Chloe Phillips

Ryan Giggs jury discharged after failing to reach a verdict

The jury in the trial of ex-Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs has been discharged after failing to reach a verdict.

Giggs, 48, faced three charges during a four-week domestic violence case at Manchester Crown Court.

He was accused of headbutting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, assaulting her sister Emma and using coercive and controlling behaviour.

Manchester Crown Court heard that Giggs’ “sinister” behaviour had left Greville, a 36-year-old public relations executive, to feel “violated”.

Under cross-examination, Greville, describing the night of November 1, 2020, claimed that Giggs “looked me straight in the eyes and headbutted me in the face” as she tried to move out of his house having learned of his infidelity.

But Giggs denied the allegation, describing it as a "scuffle" and "tussle" over the then couple taking each other's mobile phones that ended with "an accidental clash of heads".

Following more than 20 hours of deliberations, the jury of seven women and four men, having lost one juror to illness, failed to reach any verdicts.

The decision over a possible retrial will be made next week. If permitted, it would not take place until June 2023.

On Tuesday, Jude Hilary Manley gave the jury a majority decision, meaning a verdict of 10-1 could be returned rather than a unanimous one.

However, on Wednesday afternoon, the jury foreman told the court jurors that no verdicts had been reached on any of the three counts Giggs denied.

Jurors were discharged from their duties after being thanked by Judge Manley. Giggs was released on bail until a mention hearing on September 7.

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