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Manchester United Head of youth academy Nicky Butt gets date for 2 day trial in alleged assault case

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Former Newcastle player Nicky Butt has now been given a date for a two day trial.

Now head of the Manchester United youth academy, he was arrested on suspicion of assault back in April of this year (see below).

Nicky Butt appeared at Manchester Magistrates’ Court earlier today for a brief hearing, in which he pleaded not guilty to the assault by beating of Shelley Butt (who has now reverted to her maiden name, Shelley Barlow).

In April, Police were called to an address in Hale, Greater Manchester, responding to claims that Butt’s wife had been assaulted.

Nicky Butt has also denied causing £800 of criminal damage to an iPhone belonging to his estranged wife.

A trial date of 27 February 2020 has been set and is scheduled to last two days.

The Mag – 16 April 2019:

Nicky Butt has been arrested according to widespread media reports on Tuesday night.

It is reported that the former Manchester United player has been arrested on suspicion of assaulting a woman.

Nicky Butt is now in charge of the Man Utd Academy and was arrested only hours before Manchester United were beaten 3-0 by Barcelona in the Champions League.

Butt was also at Newcastle for a number of years and part of the team (see photo above) that was relegated at Villa Park in 2009.

Amongst those reporting the story, The Telegraph say that ‘The ex-England star was in custody Tuesday night after police were called to a house in Altrincham, Greater Manchester.’

They add:

Butt was being questioned last night at Altrincham Police Station, the Daily Telegraph understands. His wife, Shelley, is a former civilian police employee, a source said. There were no details last night on the identity of the woman who was allegedly assaulted, but police said she suffered a small cut to her hand and did not require hospital treatment.’

A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said:

“Police were called at around 2pm on Tuesday to reports that a woman had been assaulted at a house on Broadway, Hale.

“A 44–year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.”

A statement from GMP added:

“A 44–year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of assault and remains in custody for questioning.

“Enquiries are ongoing and anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting reference number 1086 of 16/04/19 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.”


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