MIRROR Online: LONDON, England, By Alan Smith – Mason Greenwood is set to spend more than a month behind bars after a district judge this afternoon remanded him in custody following a breach of bail conditions.
The Manchester United forward’s case has been adjourned to November 21, when a pre-trial preparation hearing will take place at Manchester’s Minshull Street Crown Court.
Wearing a grey Nike hoodie and white T-shirt, the 21-year-old confirmed his name, date of birth and address before his barrister, David Toal, made a bail application.
Greenwood faces three charges, all relating to the same alleged victim:
- Attempting to rape a woman on October 22, 2021
- Engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour between November 1, 2018 and October 15, 2022.
- Assaulting a person thereby occasioning them actual bodily harm between December 12 and 31, 2021
Mason Greenwood last played for Manchester United on January 22
Greenwood was re-arrested on Saturday following an allegation that he breached his bail conditions by contacting the alleged victim. He spent Saturday and Sunday night behind bars, awaiting this morning’s court appearance.
Janet Potter, the deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West, said on Saturday: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“All three counts relate to the same complainant. Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s complex casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings.”
Greenwood remains suspended by United “pending the outcome of the judicial process.” The club have previously said he is being paid his salary, in the range of £75,000-a-week, in full during the suspension. His last appearance came in a Premier League win against West Ham United on January 22.
Top Feature Photo: A sketch of Mason Greenwood in the dock at Manchester Magistrates Court – PA