Assault prosecutors attacked former Manchester United star Nicky Butt after & # 39; allegedly defeating & # 39; s wife as head of & # 39; a club's academy instead accepting caution for criminal damage
- Nicky Butt had to go on trial next week for assaulting Ms. Shelley
- Incident happened in April 2018 between ex-Manchester United star and wife
- Butt has instead agreed to a charge of causing criminal damage
Attorneys have dropped an assault complaint against former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt.
Butt, 45, was accused of defeating his ex-wife Shelley Barlow in April last year and would go on trial next week, but the case has been halted after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) offered no evidence.
It is understood Barlow did not want to go into the witness box to give evidence against her husband.
Nicky Butt has seen charges of assault after incident with his wife Shelley in April 2018
The CPS has been criticized for following an attack case against TV presenter Caroline Flack, who did not take her own life over the weekend, despite her friend – the suspected victim – who did not say he was prosecuting unsupported.
Butt pleaded not guilty to common assault and caused £ 800 of criminal damage to Barlow's mobile phone.
On Tuesday, a CPS spokeswoman said: & # 39; We have a duty to review all matters and after receiving new material we have decided to stop this prosecution.
& # 39; Mr. Butt has agreed to accept a caution for criminal damage. & # 39;
The midfielder has won six Premier League titles in 12 seasons with Manchester United
Police were called to a premises in Hale, Greater Manchester on April 16 and said they found that a woman at the address suffered a small cut to her hand that did not require hospital treatment.
At a previous hearing, Lisa Roberts QC, Butt's representative – who is head of coaching at the Manchester United youth academy, said it was the case of her client that he did not know how to complain about an injury came.
A preliminary hearing would take place on Wednesday at the Manchester Magistrates & # 39; Court where the Butt legal team was expected to file the case as an abuse of process – partly in doubt about the proportionality of continuing the prosecution.
Now retired, Butt is currently serving as head of youth development for his former club
A statement from the Butt legal team released to the PA news agency on Tuesday read: & # 39; We are pleased that this matter has now been resolved and our understanding of events has been accepted. & # 39;
Butt, from Bowdon, Altrincham, won a string of Premier League titles in his playing career at Old Trafford and also played in & # 39; the dramatic last 2p victory of & # 39; a club over Bayern Munich in the 1999 Uefa Champions League final.
After his arrest last April, it was reported that he had divorced months earlier from his wife of 11 years – with whom he has two children.
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