With a choice to be made whether to plead guilty at his trial, Benjamin Mendy is currently facing charges in Liverpool's HMP Altcourse prison for six alleged rapes and one sexual assault. Placed in the VP (vulnerable persons) wing of the prison, the Manchester City player is said to be living in hell, having understood that he was going to be taken to the VIP wing.
Numerous attacks in Benjamin Mendy's prison
A rude awakening for the 2018 World Champion, who is facing a violent daily life within the detention centre. The HMP Altcourse prison houses Category A and B prisoners, ranging from those who pose a real threat to society to those awaiting trial.
Between July 2020 and June 2021, there were 338 assaults, an average of 29 per month, according to reports in The Sun. 35 of these incidents involved weapons. One prisoner, for example, used a razor blade mixed with a toothbrush and received an additional 10 months in prison as a result.
Gang fights and drug problems
But that's not all. The tabloid also reports that HMP Altcourse is riddled with gangs that are constantly clashing. This is despite the fact that inmates' out-of-cell time has been drastically reduced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
According to The Sun, the prison has also reported an issue with drug abuse. The volume of illegal drugs smuggled into the prison has remained constant over the past year, despite the lack of visits and limited access to the yard. This is a very different life from the one Benjamin Mendy may have known before, but one he will have to get used to if he is to receive the maximum sentence if he is found guilty of the charges against him.