Ryan Giggs could face up to five years in prison after being charged with assault and coercive control. Coercive control became a criminal offense in 2015, with the law relating to the following: “An act or a pattern of acts of assault, threats, humiliation, and intimidation or other abuse that is used to harm, punish, or frighten a victim.”
The Wales manager has been charged with one count of coercive and controlling behavior between December 2017 and November 2020. in addition to one count of causing actual bodily harm (ABH) to a woman, and with common assault on a woman in her 20s in November 2020.
Police were called to the 47-year-old’s home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, in early November following an alleged bust-up with his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, and he was later released on bail. But on Friday, the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed the Welshman had been charged with assault and coercive control against Greville.
The “second woman” referred to is believed to be a friend. And as reported by The Sun, coercive or controlling behaviour carries a maximum sentence of five years behind bars. Giggs is currently serving as Wales manager, but it has been announced he will not be taking charge in this summer’s European Championships, with Robert Page taking temporary charge.
Giggs, meanwhile, has pleaded his innocence and said in a statement:
“I have full respect for the due process of law and understand the seriousness of the allegations.
“I will plead not guilty in court and look forward to clearing my name. I would like to wish Robert Page, the coaching staff, players, and supporters every success at the Euros this summer.”
The Crown Prosecution Service said on Friday:
We have authorized Greater Manchester Police to charge Ryan Giggs with engaging in behavior that was controlling or coercive and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
The CPS made the decision to charge Mr. Giggs after reviewing a file of evidence from Greater Manchester Police.
“Criminal proceedings are active and nothing should be published that could jeopardize the defendant’s right to a fair trial.”
Giggs will appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday 28th April.
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