Ryan Giggs was tried for assaulting his ex Kate Greville and using controlling and coercive behavior towards her
The jury in Ryan Giggs’ trial heard closing remarks from the prosecution and defense.
In his closing speech at Manchester Crown Court, prosecutor Peter Wright QC said there were “two very different Ryan Giggs”. While Giggs’ defense said watching the ex-footballer’s cross-examination by Mr Wright was ‘almost blood sport’
What did the prosecution say in their closing speech?
Mr Wright said: ‘One that is exposed for public consumption and the Ryan Giggs that sometimes exists behind closed doors.’
Mr Wright invited the jury of seven women and five men to conclude that the defendant is ‘not a thing of unadulterated beauty but when the mask slips’ is the person capable of the charges he faces.
On Monday, Mr Wright said: ‘This case is about the abuse of power by one man over another human being.
“It’s actually a tale that’s as old as the hills.
“This is a man who thinks, or thought he could do whatever he wanted with his treatment of Kate Greville and he could get away with it because the sad story of this relationship revealed that her excesses were endured by her, excused and kept private.
“But all that changed on the night of November 1 when the base he was operating on disintegrated before his eyes and Ryan Giggs’ public persona was exposed to public scrutiny.
“When the woman he had controlled or coerced in their long, turbulent and volatile relationship had the courage to stand up to him.
“When later his messages in all their ugly detail were exposed to a wider audience than was intended and intended target.”
Giggs’ expressions of affection across more than 19,000 messages between the former couple were “completely hollow”.
Mr Wright said: ‘The messages in this case all, when contextualised, tell their own sad story of emotional manipulation, physical excess, control and coercion.’
He continued: “The reality is the truth has caught up with him (Giggs) and now it’s time.
“It is time to pay the price.
“Let’s just consider what Kate Greville was willing to do.
“She had the courage not only in the night but later in the crucible of the witness box to speak.
“To reveal in all its deeply embarrassing detail what he had done and said to her during the period of their relationship.
“You might think talking was, for her, cathartic.
“The pent up emotions of what he had said or done had to eventually spill out.
“Intriguing? Manipulative? Devious?
“Or a vulnerable woman who was previously emotionally fragile, previously malleable to this man, who had finally reached her breaking point and was now empowered and able to express herself.”
What did the defense say?
In his closing speech to the jury of seven women and five men, Chris Daw QC said: “Infidelity is the subject of this case”.
Mr Daw asked the jury at Manchester Crown Court to consider whether the prosecution had ‘selected’ evidence.
The court heard that some 19,671 messages between the couple during their six-year on/off relationship had been recovered as part of the investigation into the allegations – enough to fill 56 leveraged files containing 350 pages each.
Mr Daw said: ‘There is no argument in this case that Ryan Giggs and Kate Greville were compulsive or even addictive messengers.
He said it was “pretty staggering” that if stacked, the files “could probably hit the ceiling”, compared to the prosecution’s selection of messages inserted into a “little white file”.
Mr Daw continued: ‘Ryan Giggs is not judged for being human or having human failures and sometimes succumbing to the use of extreme language, very rarely. His emotions got the better of him on a very small number of occasions.
“From these thousands of messages, the prosecution managed to point to a tiny number of examples of loss of control of the language. Not a single reference to him being violent with her.
He said there were “dozens and dozens” of messages accusing Giggs of cheating and that she didn’t trust him.
Mr Daw said: ‘It’s because infidelity is what this case is about.
“Why were these allegations made? There is no doubt that Ms Greville was deeply upset, furious, at Mr Giggs’ inability to remain faithful for any length of time.
The lawyer suggested it was ‘simply, utterly unbelievable’ that there was an attack with a headbutt on the evening of November 1.
He said: “It was something created because she (Kate Greville) had a lip cut – like him – and she started screaming and screaming that he had headbutted her.”
The defense said the clash of faces was accidental.
Mr Daw said watching Peter Wright QC’s cross-examination of Giggs was “almost blood sport”.
He said: “One of the leading lawyers of the last 40 years against someone who had a limited education and whose talents lay mostly in his feet. If it were the other way around, it would be like Mr Wright being in goal against Ryan Giggs in his prime.
“You may have thought he was like a rabbit in the headlights of the witness stand facing Mr. Wright… and you may have thought that Mr. Giggs would have been okay with anything and that his career was at Bolton Wanderers rather than Manchester United.”