Mason Greenwood has been charged with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm by the Crown Prosecution Service. This comes after the accused 21-year-old forward was suspended by Manchester United in late January for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend Harriet Robson, and he hasn’t featured for them at all since
Manchester United’s Suspended Forward Mason Greenwood Charged With Assault – What It Means for Both Club and Player
Man Utd’s Mason Greenwood has been charged with “attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm”, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
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Greenwood’s Prosecution Confirmed by Crown Prosecution Service
In an official statement that gave all the details behind his charges, Janet Potter, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm. All three counts relate to the same complainant.”
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“Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s complex casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police. The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on Monday 17 October at Greater Manchester magistrates’ court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings.”
What Lies in the Future for Greenwood?
After being charged by the Crown Prosecution Service, the accused 21-year-old is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, October 17, 2022. He will appear in front of Salford Magistrates’ Court after having been arrested by the police on Saturday, October 15.
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In front of the court’s judges, the charged English forward will then undergo trial proceedings where he can opt to plead guilty or not guilty to the charges. If he opts for the former, then the accused Greenwood will be given sentencing by the judge. If he doesn’t, then he will move forward with a court trial where he’ll have to prove his innocence in front of a jury.
What’s Next for Manchester United?
Manchester United decided to indefinitely suspend Greenwood after the evidence of his alleged actions came to light in late January.
Here is what the Old Trafford club said about the accused 21-year-old after he was charged: “Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service. He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process.”
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It’s clear that the Red Devils have not decided to terminate the accused Englishman’s contract or fire him because those aren’t legally possible until if and when he is found guilty. Erik ten Hag’s side will have to go on without him and wait until the verdict of his trial before deciding what to do with the 21-year-old and his contract – which expires in June 2025. The Red Devils have already moved forwards fairly well, and still have an attack stacked with talent. Marcus Rashford has been impressive so far this season, as has Anthony Martial when fit, while the likes of new signing Antony, Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, and Anthony Elanga also represent fantastic options for the Dutch boss.
Mason Greenwood has been charged with attempted rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and controlling and coercive behaviour, and will appear in court on Monday.
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