Nicky Butt: Assault charge dropped against ex-Man Utd player
Prosecutors have dropped an assault charge against ex-Manchester United footballer Nicky Butt.
The 45-year-old was accused of beating his estranged wife Shelley Barlow in Hale, Greater Manchester, on 16 April.
He was due to face trial next week but the case has been discontinued after the Crown Prosecution Service offered no evidence. He has accepted a caution.
Ms Barlow did not want to give evidence against her husband, the Press Association reported.
An investigation was launched after police were called to an address where they found a woman who had suffered a small cut to her hand.
Mr Butt, who is head of coaching at the Manchester United youth academy, had previously pleaded not guilty to common assault and causing £800 of criminal damage to Ms Barlow's mobile phone.
“We have a duty to keep all cases under review and following the receipt of new material have decided to discontinue this prosecution,” a spokesman said.
“Mr Butt has agreed to accept a caution for criminal damage.”
‘Abuse of process'
At a previous hearing, Lisa Roberts QC, said it would be her client Mr Butt's case that he did not know how the complainant came about any injury.
A preliminary hearing was due to take place on Wednesday in which his legal team was expected to argue the case should be thrown out as an abuse of process – partly questioning the proportionality of continuing with the prosecution.
Mr Butt, from Bowdon, Altrincham, won a string of Premier League titles in his playing career at Old Trafford and also played in the club's dramatic last-gasp 2-1 victory over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Uefa Champions League final.
He later went on to play for Newcastle United, Birmingham City and South China.
Chelsea 3 Southampton 3 EPL Match Report 17/10/2020
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Stamford Bridge – Saturday, October 17, 2020 Chelsea…
Manchester City 1 Arsenal 0 Match Report EPL 17/10/2020
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Etihad stadium – Saturday, October 17, 2020 Manchester…
Leeds Utd 0 Wolverhampton 1; Jimenez Goal hands Wolves win
2020-21 English Premier League match report – Bramall Lane – Monday, October 19, 2020 Leeds…
PSG 1 Manchester United 2
UEFA Champions’ League Group H – Parc des Princes – Tuesday, 20th October 2020 Paris…
Dynamo Kiev 0 Juventus 2
UEFA Champions’ League Group G – Kiev Olympic Stadium – Tuesday, 20th October 2020 Dynamo…
Real Madrid 2 Shakhtar Donetsk 3 Match Report 21/10/2020
UEFA Champions’ League Group B – Estadio Alfredo Di Stefano – Wednesday, 21st October 2020…