Criminal proceedings in opposition to Manchester United ahead Mason Greenwood have been dropped, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) introduced on Thursday. Greenwood, 21, confronted allegations of tried rape, controlling and coercive habits and assault, all referring to the identical lady and had been on account of stand trial on Nov. 27 of this 12 months. The investigation had opened in January 2022.
The Crown Prosecution Service mentioned, “In this case, a mix of the withdrawal of key witnesses and new materials that got here to mild meant there was now not a practical prospect of conviction. In these circumstances, we’re underneath an obligation to cease the case.
“We have defined our determination to all events. We would at all times encourage any potential victims to come back ahead and report back to police and we’ll prosecute wherever our authorized take a look at is met.”
Chief Superintendent Michaela Kerr, GMP’s Head of Public Protection, mentioned, “Given the numerous media protection of this case, it’s only honest that we share the information that the 21-year-old man, who had been arrested and charged in reference to an investigation opened in January 2022, now not faces prison proceedings in relation to this.
“The investigation group has remained in common contact with the authorized group, offering any updates of word, and so perceive the rationale for the discontinuation of proceedings at this stage, and that this determination has not been taken frivolously.
“Despite the media and public’s curiosity on this case, we’ve determined to not touch upon it in any additional element.”
Greenwood was suspended by Manchester United on Jan. 30 of 2022 after allegations in opposition to him have been made on social media. The membership have been contacted for remark.
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