Assault charge against former Manchester United star Nicky Butt dropped by Crown Prosecution Service
Feb. 18, 2020
An assault charge against former Manchester United midfielder Nicky Butt has been dropped by prosecutors.
The 45-year-old had been accused of beating his estranged wife Shelley Barlow last April and was due to go on trial next week.
However, the case has been closed after the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) was unable to show evidence.
Butt, who is Manchester United’s head of first-team development, had pleaded not guilty to an assault charge and causing £800 worth of criminal damage to Barlow’s mobile phone.
On Tuesday, a CPS spokesman said: “We have a duty to keep all cases under review and following the receipt of new material have decided to discontinue this prosecution.
“Mr Butt has agreed to accept a caution for criminal damage.”
On April 16, police were called to a property in Hale, Greater Manchester and said they found a woman who had suffered a small cut on her hand but did not need hospital treatment.
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A preliminary hearing was due to take place at Manchester Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday as Butt’s legal team were going to argue the case should be discontinued.
Last April, following his arrest, it had been previously reported that Butt had separated from his wife of 11 years.
Butt won six Premier League titles with Manchester United and was part of the legendary 1999 treble-winning team during a successful 12-year spell at Old Trafford from 1992 and 2004.