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Ryan Giggs WON’T face retrial on domestic violence charges as prosecutors drop the case

Ryan Giggs won’t face retrial on domestic violence charges as prosecutors drop the case against the former Man Utd player turned manager. 

He had been accused of controlling and coercive behaviour against his ex Kate Greville, allegedly headbutting her and assaulting her sister during a row.

But on the 18th of July, he was cleared of assault with Kate Greville declining to co-operate with a retrial.


The 49 year old was facing charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm over an alleged headbutt on Kate Greville, 38, plus further counts of coercive or controlling behaviour against her and common assault against her sister Emma.

However, a 10-minute court hearing saw the prosecution offer no evidence and Judge Hilary Manley said: ‘I formally enter not guilty verdicts in respect of each of the three counts.’

Ryan Giggs’ barrister Chris Daw KC said his client was ‘looking forward to rebuilding his life and career as an innocent man’.

Jurors failed to come to a verdict following an original, 11-day trial in 2022, after 22 hours and 59 minutes’ deliberations. A retrial had been scheduled to begin on the 31st of July.

But now a decision not to go ahead came to light during the short pre-trial review hearing at Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday morning (18 July), with neither Giggs nor Ms Greville in attendance.

Peter Wright KC, prosecuting, said the trial over the alleged assault at Giggs’ home in November 2020 was ‘a process that has taken its toll’ on PR consultant Ms Greville and her sister.

He adds that she had ‘indicated an unwillingness’ to give evidence in a re-trial as doing so in the first had ‘taken its toll’ on her and her sister.

Ryan Giggs WON’T face retrial on domestic violence charges as prosecutors drop the case

Mr Wright said, as per Daily Mail: ‘This is not a decision taken lightly.’

He goes on to say there was no realistic prospect of conviction on count one, that of coercive and controlling behaviour, and it was no longer in the public interest to proceed to prosecute on the other charges of assault on Ms Greville and her sister.

He added: ‘That being the case, we formally offer no evidence on counts one, two and three.’

Judge Hilary Manley replied: ‘I formally enter not guilty verdicts in respect of those counts.’

Mr Wright said in court that the case had had a ‘long history’ and that the welfare of the complainants ‘are at the very centre of the decision-making process’, and that there were ‘protracted’ efforts to find out why she was unwilling to co-operate with a second trial, though prosecuting lawyers didn’t think it appropriate to issue a witness summons to compel her to give evidence for a second time.

Chris Daw KC, defending Giggs, who was not present in court, said: ‘Mr Giggs is deeply relieved the prosecution has finally come to an end after almost three years in which he’s been fighting throughout to clear his name.

‘He has always been innocent of these charges, there’s been very, very many lies told about him in court.

‘He’s now been found not guilty of all the charges and going forward would like to rebuild his life and career as an innocent man.’

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Domestic abuse: how to get help

If you are in immediate danger always call the police, and always dial 999 if it is an emergency and press 55 if you can’t talk (only on mobile phones).  They have a duty to protect and help you.If you visit any of these websites, please read the ‘hide your visit’ / ‘cover your tracks’ / safety information – or click on ‘Exit Website’

Codeword scheme – ANI

If you are experiencing domestic abuse and need immediate help, ask for ‘ANI’ in a participating pharmacy. ‘ANI’ stands for Action Needed Immediately but also phonetically sounds like the name Annie. If a pharmacy has the ‘Ask for ANI’ logo on display, it means they’re ready to help. They will offer you a private space, provide a phone and ask if you need support from the police or other domestic abuse support services.  

24hr National Domestic Abuse Helpline  –  Freephone: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours)


Domestic abuse – how to get help

Controlling or Coercive Behaviour

The offence closes a gap in the law around patterns of controlling or coercive behaviour that occurs during a relationship between intimate partners, former partners who still live together or family members.  This offence sends a clear message that this form of domestic abuse can constitute a serious offence particularly in light of the violation of trust it represents and will provide better protection to victims experiencing repeated or continuous abuse.  It sets out the importance of recognising the harm caused by coercion or control, the cumulative impact on the victim and that a repeated pattern of abuse can be more injurious and harmful than a single incident of violence.

Martin Lewis: Financial abuse, joint accounts and managing money within relationships

Financial abuse is the hidden financial cousin of domestic abuse – it’s all about dangerous, unfair control using finances. It can be subtle or brutal. So be aware of it both for your own relationship, and for others – but this blog’s about more than that too…


Helpline: 0808 2000 247 (24 hours) www.refuge.org.uk

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Thirty-five years ago Refuge set up the world’s first refuge for women and children escaping domestic violence. Since then, Refuge has grown to become the largest provider of emergency accommodation and emotional and practical support to women and children in the country and the leading voice in the campaign to end domestic violence.

Women’s Aid Federation of England


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What is domestic abuse

Coercive control

Dame Project

For women who are experiencing or have experienced physical, mental, sexual or domestic violence or abuse. Offers advice, support and crisis intervention to abused women.

The Hideout

Website for children and young people witnessing domestic violence.

Love Respect


Aimed at 16-25 year olds, Love Don’t Feel Bad explores what is and isn’t a healthy relationship – from physical violence to coercive control, how to get help and what the law can do for you.


Helpline: 01823 334244

The Mankind Initiative supports male victims of domestic violence, though it helps all callers regardless of sex, race or sexual orientation. Call the helpline on 01823 334 244 at any time to receive up-to-date information on helpline availability or check out services at website. There is also a referral system for single men or men with children fleeing from domestic violence.

Men’s Advice Line

Helpline: 0808 801 0327


Offers advice, information and listening support for men with experience of domestic abuse. Includes help for men in same-sex and heterosexual relationships.

LGBT Foundation

Helpline:  0800 999 5428

Galop domestic abuse support

Emotional and practical support for LGBT people experiencing domestic abuse. Abuse isn’t always physical- it can be psychological, emotional, financial and sexual too. Speak out, don’t suffer in silence.

LGBT Foundation

Helpline:  0345 3 30 30 30

LGBT Foundation Domestic Abuse Support

Domestic Abuse

LGBT Foundation provide a wide range of support services to lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. We also work with healthcare and other professionals to help make public services more accessible and inclusive for LGBT communities

Victim Support Helpline

Helpline:  0808 168 9111


Domestic Abuse
We don’t just help people who’ve recently experienced domestic abuse – we’re here to support both men and women, weeks, months and years afterwards.    All of our services are confidential, free and available to anyone who’s experienced domestic violence. 

FCO Forced Marriage Unit

Helpline:  020 7008 0151 (or 0044 20 7008 0151 if you are overseas)

Forced Marriage Unit

Our Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is dedicated both to preventing British nationals being forced into marriage overseas and to assisting anyone in the UK faced with the prospect of being forced into a marriage. If you are worried that you might be forced into a marriage or are worried about someone else who may be you should contact us

Freedom Charity 

24/7 Helpline: 0845 607 0133

We aim to empower young people to feel they have the tools and confidence to support each other and have practical ways in which they can help their best friend around the issues of family relationships which can lead to early and forced marriage and dishonour based violence.  The Help-line and Textline (text ‘4freedom’ to 88802) are manned by trained professionals to help victims of forced marriage and their friends who are seeking help, support and advice.

The Freedom Programme

Helpline:  01942 262 270


The Programme was primarily designed for women as victims of domestic violence, since research shows that in the vast majority of cases of serious abuse are male on female.  However, the programme, when provided as an intensive two day course, is also suitable for men, whether abusive and wishing to change their attitudes and behaviour or whether victims of same sex domestic abuse themselves.  The Freedom Programme examines the roles played by attitudes and beliefs on the actions of abusive men and the responses of victims and survivors. The aim is to help them to make sense of and understand what has happened to them, instead of the whole experience just feeling like a horrible mess. The Freedom Programme also describes in detail how children are affected by being exposed to this kind of abuse and very importantly how their lives are improved when the abuse is removed.

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