Man City star Benjamin Mendy pictured arriving home after being released on bail

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Benjamin Mendy has been snapped returning to his home after being released from prison on bail on Friday afternoon.

The Manchester City full-back has been charged with seven counts of rape and one count of sexual assault, and had been remanded in custody since October 1 last year.

He was originally held at Liverpool's Category B prison HMP Altcourse following his arrest.

However, after fears for Mendy's safety, he was moved to top-security prison Strangeways, dubbed as the UK's ''grimmest' prison.

But a ruling from Cheshire Crown Court on Friday means Mendy can move back into his £5m Cheshire mansion.

Photographers caught the moment Mendy returned to the property, where he must stick to stringent measures as set out in his bail conditions.

The Frenchman has been told he must surrender his passport, live at his home address, and make no contact with complainants.

Mendy and co-defendant Louis Saha Matturie, 40, who is accused of six counts of rape and one of sexual assault, are next due to face a plea and trial preparation hearing on January 24.

With their actual trial set to start on either June 27 or August 1.

Mendy purchased his £5million mansion from former England cricketer Freddie Flintoff in 2018.

The mansion he is moving back into is a world away from the cells he had at HMP Altcourse and Strangeways.

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