The judges in the Ryan Giggs trial have retired to review their rulings after being told the former footballer was not in court for “serious infidelity”.
Judge Hilary Manley told the panel they must reach “unanimous” verdicts on the three charges facing former Manchester United soccer player.
Giggs is accused of using control and raping his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
He is also charged with assault causing actual bodily harm to Ms Greville, and the usual assault of her sister Emma.
The 48-year-old denied the charges against him.
Summarizing the case on Tuesday, Judge Hilary Manley asked the jury to consider whether the relationship “went off course” due to Ms Greville’s inability to accept Giggs’ mass promiscuity.
Or a “much more sinister and darker” relationship, involving a man using his power over an emotionally vulnerable woman, ultimately leading to a loss of self-control. , the judge recommended the jury to consider.
Judge Manley said the defense was correct to point out that Giggs was not on trial for “infidelity”.
The judge had previously said both Giggs and Ms Greville were “distressed” by their evidence during the trial.
The judge told the jury: “Put any feelings of sympathy toward one or the other, or both.
“You don’t try a case on sympathy.”
Giggs is accused of intentionally headbuting Ms Greville, injuring her to the lip, at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester, on 1 November 2020.
He was also accused of elbowing Greville’s sister Emma in the jaw in the same incident.
Giggs denied the allegations.
A jury of seven women and five men was appointed to begin deliberation shortly before 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, the 12th day of the trial.
They were sent home for the day about 45 minutes later and will resume deliberation at 10 a.m. Wednesday.