Ryan Giggs trial jury said it was not overseeing ‘court of morals’ | UK News

Jurors in Ryan Giggs’ trial have been told they are not overseeing ‘a morals court’ as they begin to deliberate their verdicts on allegations of domestic violence and assault.

The former Manchester United and Wales footballer is accused of assaulting his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville and her younger sister at his home on November 1, 2020. He is also accused of using coercive and controlling behavior against Greville over a three-year period from October 2017 to November 2020.

Giggs, 48, told Manchester Crown Court he had never been loyal to his partners – including his ex-wife – but said he had never been abusive or controlling any of her lovers.

Judge Hilary Manley told the jury on Tuesday before sending them to deliberate on a verdict that Giggs was not on trial for “serial infidelity” and that the trial was not being heard by “a morals court.”

The judge told jurors they had to decide whether the case was, as the defense suggested, “a relationship that had its ups and downs, but with a lot more ups than downs, which eventually derailed by the plaintiff’s inability to accept the accused’s serial abuse”.

Or, she added, was it a ‘portrayal of control, violence and misery’ and a ‘darker and more sinister’ relationship in which Giggs ‘tapped his power’ over ‘an emotionally vulnerable partner’ .

Manley had previously told jurors that Giggs and Greville were “distressed” at times during their testimony. She told them to “put aside any feelings of sympathy for one person or another, or both,” adding, “You’re not judging a case of sympathy.”

Greville told the trial how Giggs had made his life “a living hell” and would send aggressive and threatening messages when they argued. But Giggs said the emails were “chosen” from the couple’s 19,000 communications during their turbulent six-year relationship.

The former Wales manager has denied headbutting Greville ‘forcefully’ at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, during an argument over his alleged infidelity. He also denies assaulting Greville’s younger sister, Emma Greville, by elbowing her in the face during the same argument.

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