Ex-Manchester City youth footballer cleared of rape

An ex-Manchester City and England Youth footballer accused of raping a heavily drunk young woman has been cleared by a jury in Grimsby.

The prosecution claimed that George Glendon, 22, was capable of ‘predatory’ sexual behaviour but the defence claimed the woman gave ‘unreliable’ evidence.

It is the latest in a series of rape cases which have ended in a not guilty verdict or have collapsed. Glendon was cleared by a jury of three men and nine women who took just over 30-minutes to reach their verdict.

The defence barrister claimed that the prosecution case was ‘a million miles away’ from proving him guilty.

Glendon of Cheadle, Cheshire, denied raping the woman on February 21, 2016.

In his evidence, Glendon said the woman had been ‘quite drunk’ but denied she was ‘extremely drunk’ and said their later sexual encounter had lasted ‘around five seconds’.

And he denied waiting outside the Lite House club in Cleethorpes so he could pick up the girl for sex.


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