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

Former Manchester United footballer Ryan Giggs will face a retrial over allegations of domestic violence

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A judge set a new trial date of July 31 next year at a short hearing on Wednesday at Manchester Crown Court.

It comes after jurors failed to reach verdicts following more than 20 hours of deliberations in his four-week trial last month.

Giggs, 48, 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.

Ryan Giggs is to face a retrial
Ryan Giggs is to face a retrial

Giggs was excused attendance.

Peter Wright QC, prosecuting, told Judge Hilary Manley: “We do seek a re-trial 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 re-trial of this matter.”

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