Attack charges against former Manchester United star Nicky Butt after alleged mistreatment of woman as head of the club’s academy, accepts caution for criminal damages instead
- Nicky Butt would stand trial next week for assault because of beating wife Shelley
- Incident happened between former Manchester United star and wife in April 2018
- Butt has instead agreed to an indictment for causing criminal damage
Prosecutors have dropped an attack on former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt.
Butt, 45, was accused of beating his estranged wife Shelley Barlow in April and had to stand trial next week, but the case was stopped after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence.
It is understood that Barlow did not want to go to the witness stand to testify against her husband.
Nicky Butt saw the number of attacks for accidents with his wife Shelley decrease in April 2018
The CPS was criticized for harassing TV presenter Caroline Flack, who had taken her own life at the weekend, despite her friend – the alleged victim – not supporting the persecution.
Butt had argued not to have been guilty of a common attack and to have caused £ 800 of criminal damage to Barlow’s cell phone.
On Tuesday a spokesperson for the CPS said: ‘We have a duty to keep everything under control and after receiving new material we have decided to stop this prosecution.
“Mr. Butt has agreed to a warning for criminal damage.”
The midfielder won six Premier League titles during 12 seasons with Manchester United
The police had been called to a home in Hale, Greater Manchester on April 16 and said she had found a woman at the address who had a cut in her hand that did not need hospital treatment.
At a previous hearing, Lisa Roberts QC, who represents Butt – who heads the coaching at the Manchester United youth academy, said her client’s case would be that he didn’t know how the complainant was injured.
A provisional hearing would take place on Wednesday in the Manchester Magistrates’ Court, with Butt’s legal team expected to argue that the case should be thrown away as an abuse of trial – partly questioned about the proportionality of prosecuting the prosecution.
Now that he is retired, Butt currently serves as head of youth development for his former club
A statement from the Butt legal team released to the PA news agency on Tuesday evening said: “We are pleased that this issue has now been resolved and our understanding of events has been accepted.”
Butt, from Bowdon, Altrincham, won a series of Premier League titles in his playing career at Old Trafford and also played in the club’s dramatic last sigh against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Uefa Champions League final.
Following his arrest last April, it was reported that he had been divorced months earlier from his 11-year-old wife – with whom he has two children.