The jury in Ryan Giggs’ trial has seen police video of the moment he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his girlfriend after he admitted hitting her on the lip in what he described as a “mess” over a puppy and a mobile phone
On the fifth day of the trial at Manchester Crown Court, the former footballer was heard on video saying that Kate Greville had kicked him in the head in a ‘fight’ at the couple’s home in Worsley l November 1, 2020.
He said they were rowing over a puppy and Greville’s refusal to return Giggs’ mobile phone.
Giggs, 48, could be heard telling an officer: “We’ve got ourselves into a bit of a mess – we rumbled to the ground there.” He added: “She kicked me in the head, busted my lip…I hit her on the lip.”
Police found Greville with such a bruised lip that he had trouble speaking, the jury was told. In another body-worn camera video that was played on the trail, he could be seen with his head in his hands as he sat on the home’s kitchen floor.
Asked by the officer if Greville would give the same version of events, Giggs said: “She’ll just say I attacked her.”
Giggs told the officer that before the fight he had asked Greville, 38, to leave after an argument over a newborn cocker spaniel. When she refused, he moved her belongings off the property.
Explaining the argument, Giggs could be heard saying: “‘It’s my puppy, no, it’s my puppy’, that sort of thing. Then I went into the garage and looked after the dog. I’m back. I just said let’s go . She won’t go. I said to my neighbor, ‘Can you help me? Please call the police because Kate isn’t going. She [the neighbour] he doesn’t get involved.”
Giggs was also heard saying he withheld Greville’s phone. “I don’t give him the phone stupidly. There’s been a fight. First I got injured and then I calmed down.”
Later in the video, Giggs summarized the incident for the officer. He was heard saying: “We had an argument. She insisted on getting our puppy back. She wouldn’t leave. She had my phone. She didn’t give me my phone for about half an hour.”
Giggs told the officer she had been in a relationship with Greville, a PR executive, for around three years. When asked his date of birth, he said he did not know it.
The jury also played audio of two 999 calls made by Emma Greville, 26, who raised the alarm about what she said was an assault on her sister. She said: “Please come quickly. He’s just been headbutted in the face… He’s got blood all over him.”
Kate Greville could be heard screaming and sobbing in the background as Giggs was heard swearing. “You just hurt her,” Giggs could be heard telling her sister.
The operator asks, “Does that lady screaming in the background need an ambulance?”
Emma Greville, who had been at the property to look after the couple’s dogs while they were out for lunch at the Stock Exchange Hotel in central Manchester, replied: “I don’t know. It’s just a busted lip, don’t worry I can tell.”
He was also asked to identify the man who carried out the assault. She replied: “Ryan Giggs, the footballer.” The operator then asked: “How about Ryan Giggs?”
Asked by the operator if Giggs or Greville were “intoxicated”, the sister said: “Yes, both.”
Giggs was arrested on suspicion of assaulting Kate Greville as he was led without handcuffs from the property and into the back of a police van. He was arrested again after the allegations made by Emma Greville.
Giggs denies the allegations and also denies an allegation that he used coercive and controlling behavior against Kate Greville between August 2017 and November 2020.
Giggs is also alleged to have assaulted Emma Greville by elbowing her in the jaw earlier that evening. He denies common assault against her.
The trial will resume on Monday.
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