Kate Greville's sister claims Ryan Giggs threatened to headbutt her next

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Ryan Giggs told his ex-girlfriend's sister "I'll headbutt you next" after a row over the couple’s dog, a court heard yesterday.

Emma Greville, 26, said Giggs, 48, placed his hands on the shoulders of his ex-girlfriend Kate Greville, 38, during an argument and headbutted her in the lip “with lots of force”.

Giving evidence at the start of the second week of Mr Giggs’s trial, the younger sister said the defendant blamed her for the incident at his home in Worsley, Greater Manchester.

She told jurors at Manchester Crown Court how she was looking after the couple’s puppy, Mac, on November 1, 2020, while Mr Giggs and her sister had dinner at the Stock Exchange Hotel in Manchester city centre.

Later Kate Greville messaged her: "Pack my stuff in the car, we are leaving tonight", the court heard. Emma Greville said her sister was "visibly upset" when she arrived and " told me she confronted him about cheating".

Mr Giggs followed about 15 to 20 minutes later, she said, and his mood was "not happy".

Emma Greville said she retreated into a bedroom in the house before she later went back downstairs and saw her sister hugging the puppy in the hallway.

'Say goodbye to the dog, you will never see him again'

She told the court: "Ryan then said 'say your goodbyes to the dog, you will never see him again'. It was in a snide manner, that he had the power, that he could keep the dog when he knew the dog was Kate's.

"He said we were not allowed to take the dog with us."

Emma Greville described how the couple continued to argue while she went to check on the dog and when she returned: "Kate was lying on her back and Ryan was lying on top of her."

She added: "Kate said 'get him off me' so I put both my arms around his waist and as Kate was using her legs to push him off I was pulling.

"As I was pulling him up he was standing upright in the doorway. He turned to his right and his elbow touched my jaw and as a result I let go. Not in a gentle manner, it was a 'get off me' manner."

Emma Greville said she was "upset", felt "shock" and immediately called her parents for advice on what to do next. She next saw her sister in the kitchen as she tried to retrieve her phone from Mr Giggs's back pocket.

Describing the alleged assault, Emma Greville said: "He put both his hands on Kate's shoulders and with lots of force used his head to headbutt her in the lip.

"She fell to the ground screaming and covering her face. Afterwards he told me it was my fault he had headbutted Kate and turned to me and said 'I will headbutt you next'."

'There was no deliberate contact'

Mr Giggs is also accused of deliberately elbowing Emma Greville in the face as the couple tussled over a phone.

Chris Daw QC, for the defence, said: "What I suggest to you is that if there was any contact, it was as Mr Giggs was backing away from being kicked by your sister. There was no deliberate contact."

Emma Greville, giving evidence from behind a screen, said: "Kate said to me 'get him off me', so I put my both arms around his waist and as Kate was using her legs to push him off, I was pulling.

"As I was pulling him up, he was standing upright in the doorway and as he turned to his right, his elbow touched my jaw, and as a result I let go."

The court was shown a video of Mr Giggs and Emma Greville carrying bags to the main gate of the property in order for the sisters to leave in a taxi.

Mr Daw QC said: "In your evidence, you've just seen a major forcible headbutt right to the face, the same had just been threatened to you. Did it never occur to you to lock the door behind you and hide in the house until the police got there?"

"No," she said.

The court also heard from Linda Chung, Mr Giggs’ neighbour for 21 years.

'Oh Ryan, not that again'

Mr Giggs knocked on her door in tears asking her to call the police.

Mrs Chung told the jury: "He said Kate had accused him, and my initial response to that was, 'oh Ryan, not that again,' as a result of the accusation of him seeing other girls."

She also told the court: "After the police left, because I was very concerned about the dog - because Ryan idolised that puppy - I kept on saying to the police about his house being not secured.

"How could the police take him away and leave his house with the sisters in it?

"I stayed up and looked through my window…and eventually a white car came.

"The two sisters and the boy that came, probably after 1am, were screaming, shouting, laughing, running up and down the main drive.

"I carried on looking and Kate was running up and down the drive with Mac in her arms, saying 'you should be asleep babe, you should be asleep babe, this isn’t what we wanted'.

"The mood was high jinks, that’s how I would describe it."

The trial continues.

05:01 PM

Trial adjourned

That's it for day six.

Thanks again for reading and we'll be back inside courtroom two of Manchester Crown Court on Tuesday.

05:01 PM

Why was Mr Giggs wearing slippers?

Mrs Chung made a point of mentioning Mr Giggs's slippers four times.

She told the court: "Why has he got his slippers on? It was raining and he was wearing brown slippers

"Because it was also slippery I was thinking it’s going to be like last time... I was thinking it must be urgent because he’s come out in the rain in his slippers."

04:59 PM

'Sisters seen running around in state of high jinks with dog after police left'

Mrs Chung was asked if she saw anything else after police had left.

"Oh yes," she said.  "After the police left, because I was very concerned about the dog because Ryan idolised that puppy, I kept on saying to the police about his house being not secured.

"How could the police take him away and leave his house with the sisters in it?

"I stayed up and looking through my window - and I took a video on my phone of what was going on - and eventually a white car came, a very small white car.

"The two sisters and the boy that came, probably after 1am, were screaming, shouting, laughing, running up and down the main drive and my husband - who was recovering from cancer - was getting very agitated by it.

"I carried on looking and Kate was running up and down the drive with Mac in her arms, saying 'you should be asleep babe, you should be asleep babe, this isn’t what we wanted'.

"The mood was high jinks, that’s how I would describe it."

04:54 PM

Neighbour got to know Kate Greville through lockdown

Mrs Chung told the court she was not overly impressed with how police intended to take her statement, and said: "I insisted on the statement being taken that night.

"In my profession, you need to be accurate. They said my statement could be taken any time in the following week, and I said that’s not good enough."

She went on to say that she had known Mr Giggs for 21 years and that he had always been polite and neighbourly to her.

"I would refer to him as a friend now rather than a neighbour," she told the court.

The jury heard from her witness statement, in which she said:  "Ryan appeared upset and distressed with tears in his eyes.

"This is the most upset I'd seen Ryan since he lived at that house...I know Kate Greville as Ryan’s partner off and on. I’ve got to know Kate during lockdown due to the proximity of our houses.

"I was aware they'd split before over seeing other women. I said to him, 'oh, Ryan, not this again'."

Mr Daw QC said this was referring to allegations of Mr Giggs seeing other women, to which the neighbour agreed.

The defence barrister added: "You don’t have to be his next-door neighbour to hear rumours about that, do you?"

04:47 PM

'I said, don't phone the police'

Mr Giggs did not take up Mrs Chung on her offer.

She continued: "I said don’t phone the police.

"He looked at me, he didn’t say anything, so I was thinking what can I do to help because then I was dealing with Kate leaving the house.

"He looked in distress so I then said you can come in here or lock yourself in one of your bedrooms."

She continued: "I could feel my heart rate pounding then in a matter of what can I do to help, without being involved in a situation that might have consequences and without making myself ill.

"I don’t know, I probably just stared blankly at him because I was panicking and thinking, what can I do to help him without fuelling the situation?

"He walked away towards his house and I watched him walk and my husband was telling me off for interfering because I would make myself ill again.

"I was so concerned I just watched the rest of the evening from my windows.

"I saw him, but I can’t remember where he got them from, I saw him carrying bags down our main drive towards the main gate.

"He put the bags and walked back up the drive and repeated the process, I think more than twice."

04:32 PM

'I noticed - immediately - he had his slippers on'

Mrs Chung told the court she refused to help his neighbour initially, saying: "I can’t help because I don’t know what’s happened.

"He looked at me and he was distressed, I noticed - immediately - he had his slippers on.

"And then he said, can I phone the police? 'Can you phone the police, she’s got my phone, she’s got my phone, she won’t leave'.

"My front door is there and my study is there, and I’m very old-fashioned so I’m not surgically attached to my phone. Out of habit, my phone is in my study.

"Because I was at the front door, I remember holding my phone in my right hand and then when he asked me to phone the police I remember holding my phone out, and saying I’m not phoning the police, but I held it out to him.

"I was helping, but I was not going to phone the police."

04:13 PM

'Oh, Ryan. Not that again'

Next in the witness box is Ryan Giggs's former neighbour Linda Chung.

She recalled banging on her door on Nov 1, and a "distressed" Mr Giggs at her home.

"He asked me to help him," she said.

"He said words to the effect that Kate had been accusing him of seeing other women and he wanted me to go and sort her out.

"That is the reason I gave the answer I did because how could I sort someone out if I didn’t know why I was sorting them out?

"That was his first request.

"He said Kate had accused him, and my initial response to that was, 'oh Ryan, not that again,' as a result of the accusation of him seeing other girls."

04:04 PM

'He was erratic, he wasn’t calmly walking around, he was pacing up and down, stressed'

After the end of the cross-examination, Peter Wright QC was given the opportunity to question the witness once more.

It was put to Emma Greville that Mr Giggs was calm while waiting for the police.

She said: "I was in the kitchen, Ryan was getting a drink of water, put his water down and walked out, and that point at I thought he was going to run away...He was erratic, he wasn’t calmly walking around, he was pacing up and down, stressed."

Mr Wright QC added: "It's been suggested to you that no such threat was made to you. Did he make such a threat to you?"

Ms Greville added: "Yes, he did, straight after headbutting my sister."

She told the court that "he appeared calm once the police arrived".

Asked why she had "totally disagreed" with the defence's suggestion that there was no headbutt, but a clash of faces, Ms Greville said:  "Because the way he grabbed the shoulders, headbutted her and told me he'd headbutt me next, to me isn’t an accident."

Asked if he ever said it was an accident, or if he apologised to anyone that night, she added: "Never to me, nor to my sister when she was on the floor screaming."

03:42 PM

'I think they are good photos as it looked real'

After the article was published, alongside the photograph, this exchange took place between Kate Greville and her sister, Emma:

Emma: How are you feeling about the article

Kate: I look so s--- [laughing face emoji x3]

Kate: Probs a good thing though

Kate: Looks less staged

Emma: I think they are good photos as it looked real

Asked why she said they looked real, Ms Greville said: "The fact that she’d staged the whole event, I thought it looked like it hadn’t been staged."

"What looked real is the bruises," Mr Daw QC suggested. "By this stage that the whole point of this exercise was to look like it was a complete chance photograph with Kate with an obvious facial injury."

Ms Greville replied: "The point was about the photo, but not about the injury."

The witness was asked if she told police about her sister staging a fake photo amid a live criminal investigation.

She said she did not, and added:  "I said from the very beginning that it was totally wrong. I stand by that to this day... my loyalties aren’t always with her, but I’ll always make sure it’s okay."

03:42 PM

Staging of photo was 'immoral', says sister

It emerged in court that press photographers arrived at Mr Giggs's home before the police after being tipped off by Emma Greville's then-boyfriend, known as Silks.

This caused Emma Greville to split up with him.

She told the jury: "Because my then boyfriend had called the newspaper and sent screenshots of my location so they knew where to go and they turned up and took photos."

Mr Daw QC said: "Suitably unimpressed, and that was the end of him."

The court then heard how Emma Greville had become aware of a plan by Kate Greville to set up a staged photo of her walking her dog, showing her injuries.

During the exchange, it emerged Emma Greville thought the plan was "immoral".

03:32 PM

Emma Greville accused of being 'clever' with police

Chris Daw QC accused Emma Greville of being "clever" with police regarding Mr Giggs's visit to the neighbour's home on Nov 1.

She told police as they arrived: "The next door neighbour knows some bits, but I don’t know how much. But only to show the fact he’s got a split lip.

"They’ve not witnessed what he’s done to her."

Mr Daw QC: "You're suggesting to police Mr Giggs has gone to the neighbour's to show an injury as a cunning plan to take the blame away from him."

Ms Greville responded: "That’s what I thought happened."

Mr Daw QC said that from reading her messages, nothing physical - such as the tussle for the phone - had happened at that stage.

He added: "You here are trying to be extremely clever to the police... you’re trying to explain it away to the police already aren't you?

"The truth was, that Mr Giggs had simply gone to ask the police for you to be removed and be taken from the house."

03:23 PM

'Did it never occur to you to lock the door behind you and hide?'

The jury are then shown CCTV footage from the home, showing Mr Giggs walking out of the house and Emma Greville following him.

Mr Daw QC pointed out that she claimed she had just seen Mr Giggs getting angry and headbutting her sister with "major force", leaving Kate Greville "holding her face screaming in agony".

"Yes," Ms Greville agreed.

Mr Daw QC continued: "And then he goes outside and you follow him outside."

"Yes," the witness answered.

Mr Daw QC said: "That’s not true is it... You don’t look particularly frightened."

Ms Greville said: "With the adrenaline running through me, I was making sure he wasn’t going to run away... I thought he was going to run away, yes, I didn’t know he was going to meet the police."

Mr Daw QC added: "In your evidence, you've just seen a major forcible headbutt right to the face, the same had just been threatened to you. Did it never occur to you to lock the door behind you and hide in the house until the police got there?"

"No," she said.

03:11 PM

'My sister had just been assaulted'

Mr Daw QC: It’s your evidence that at some point that Mr Giggs headbutted your sister in the face.

Emma Greville: Yes.

CD: The way you described in your witness statement was, "he did so with major force".

EG: Yes.

CD: And in effect that you’re giving similar evidence today, major force in the face, but today you described hands on her shoulders and then delivering a headbutt with major force. You don’t mention the shoulders… [in initial witness statement]. There’s nothing there about him putting hands on shoulders. Is that something you and your sister have discussed?

EG: No, I was giving my side of the story at that time, I was in shock, not until you sit down and think about... it's not something... my sister had just been assaulted.

02:59 PM

'They've just had a physical fight'

The jury are now hearing messages between Emmae Greville (EG) and Kate Greville's friend, Courtney (C):

EG: They just had a physical fight

C: OMG

C: Are you okay?

C: You need to leave

C: It’s really not fair for you to witness this

EG: We’re coming to the flat

C: Okay

EG: See you soon

Mr Daw QC asked: "Were you talking about the tussle in the hallway?"

"Yes," Ms Greville answered.

The defence barrister added: "What you did not say that Ryan had attacked Kate, did you?"

"No," she added.

Mr Daw QC: "You just described it as a physical fight?"

"Yes," she replied.

Mr Daw QC continued: "In fact, you only saw part of it anyways because you were in the kitchen. You hadn’t seen how they came to be on the floor, did you see after the tangle in the hallway that Mr Giggs had blood on his face?

Ms Greville said: "Yes."

"Did you at any point see your sister kick him in the face?" Mr Daw QC added, and Ms Greville said she didn't see this.

02:55 PM

Messages between Emma Greville and mother

Kate Greville's mother messaged Emma Greville, asking: "I’ve just heard from Kate, she’s coming home. Are you coming with her?"

Emma Greville replied: "Hello mummy yes, but Ryan has just turned up so I don’t know what's happening."

"Hi Emma. Sorry, just in the motorhome keep us posted, love mum."

02:50 PM

'There was no deliberate elbow', defence say

Mr Daw QC reminded Emma Greville of her statement to the jury, when she said this morning: "It touched my jaw in a get off me manner."

The defence barrister continued:  "You were very clear and you demonstrated to the jury that was with his right elbow."

"Yes," she answered.

Mr Daw QC added: "You told police on the night, Ryan then turned slightly towards the left and used his left elbow to hit me."

"Yes," Ms Greville said.

"Which was it?" Mr Daw QC said.

Ms Greville said: "It was the right elbow."

Mr Daw QC said: "What I suggest to you that if there was any contact, it was as Mr Giggs was backing away from being kicked by your sister. There was no deliberate contact."

"There was," the witness said.

02:44 PM

Sister remembers 'tug-of-war' over phone

Mr Daw QC asked: "Do you recall there being an argument in the hallway between about him wanting his phone back?"

Ms Greville answered: "I don't recall exactly, in the hallway it was about the dog mainly... No we were saying goodbye to the dog at that point

Mr Daw QC added: "In relation to the dog, Mr Giggs was making the point that it wasn’t her dog, that it was effectively his and his family’s dog."

In her statement, Ms Greville said: "Ryan then got her handbag from the kitchen which is next to the front door on the right, Ryan chucked the handbag and threw Kate’s phone on top of her bag."

Mr Daw QC said: "Your suggestion there is that Mr Giggs already had your sister’s phone."

She agreed there were "lots of bags" in the hallway and that as her sister and Mr Giggs were standing up, and there was a "tug-of-war over the phone".

02:31 PM

Emma Greville had 'as much interest' as Mr Giggs in dog

The court heard that Mr Giggs bought Mac the dog, insured him, chipped him and registered him all in his name.

He also travelled to Scotland with his son to fetch the puppy.

And the dog could not stay in Kate Greville's Manchester flat because her flatmate said no to pets.

Mr Daw QC said: "Can you see that Mr Giggs and the children had some considerable interest in the dog?"

"Just as much as me and Kate, yes," she answered.

Mr Daw QC added: "As much as you?"

Emma Greville answered: "When his son and his daughter were at home, he asked me to look after the dog because he didn’t trust his children to.

"I spent more time with that dog than Ryan and his children.

"I took the dog to the vets when it was poorly, I’d take him for walks."

02:27 PM

Kate Greville thanked Mr Giggs for helping sister with ex-boyfriend

The court is reminded of a message from Kate Greville to Ryan Giggs thanking him for looking after Emma Greville, during a time her ex-boyfriend was "being a b------d".

During that time, Emma Greville was staying at the house with Mr Giggs.

The ex-boyfriend, called Silks, had been selling stories to the papers, the court was told.

The court heard that Kate Greville told Emma Greville that on many occasions they had discussed Mr Giggs' infidelity.

Asked if her sister had planned to leave Mr Giggs because of his cheating, Emma Greville said: "That was always, yes, that wasn’t a new thing, but more evidence kept coming up watch time."

It emerged that it was Emma Greville who took her sister to get her contraceptive coil removed without Mr Giggs' knowledge.

Asked by Chris Daw QC, for the defence: "Did you then tell your then boyfriend had had her coil removed with the intention of getting pregnant?"

"I can’t recall," Ms Greville said.

Mr Daw QC added: "Did she tell you that she had told Mr Giggs about cancerous cells that had to be removed?"

"No, I was not aware," she said.

Mr Daw QC said: "Did she tell about a plan to extract money from him in any way - pregnant or otherwise?

"No," she said.

And finally Mr Daw QC asked: "What about mobile phones to create fake messages to herself?"

"No," Emma Greville answered.

02:06 PM

Mr Giggs back in the dock for the afternoon session

The ex-footballer is sat in the dock, and we are ready for the proceedings to continue.

12:44 PM

Trial adjourned

That's it for the morning session.

We're back at 1.50pm.

12:41 PM

'Don’t call the police, think about my daughter, think about my career'

After the alleged headbutt, Emma Greville said that her sister Kate told her to call the police.

"I did," she told the court.

Ms Greville said that as she was on the phone to 999, Mr Giggs said to her: "Don’t call the police, think about my daughter, think about my career."

She said she remembers feeling confused because she was under the impression Mr Giggs's neighbour had already called the police on his request.

Ms Greville continued: "He was telling me to think about him and think about Kate and her career... trying to persuade us not to call the police because he said it would be in all the newspapers."

12:38 PM

'I'll headbutt you next'

The witness is then asked about the moment the ex-footballer is alleged to have headbutted her sister Kate Greville. 

Emma Greville said: "At that moment he put both hands on Kate's shoulders, and with lots of force used his head to headbutt her in her lip.

"He told me it was my fault he had headbutted Kate. And turned to me and said 'I’ll headbutt you next'."

Asked how she was feeling, she said: "I felt fear."

And asked what the effect was on her sister, she answered: "She fell to the ground screaming, covering her face."

And of Mr Giggs, she added: "He walked towards the kitchen and didn’t say much."

12:33 PM

'He’d gone from annoyed to extremely angry'

"Then what happened?" asked Peter Wright QC.

Emma Greville replied:  "I didn’t try to grab, I didn’t want to put myself in that situation again, so it was just an argument between those two in front of me.

"And then Ryan’s back was up against the wall and Kate was facing him... phone still in his back pocket.

"They were arguing about the phone and I said to Ryan, 'just give her her phone back, you’ve got her phone and then we’ll go'.

"I also said to him, I saw you on top of her grab her phone, so I know you have her phone... he called me a f---ing liar.

"At that point Kate said to Ryan, 'see, I have proof,' meaning she [Emma Greville] saw what had happened."

Asked by Mr Wright QC about Mr Giggs' mood at that stage, Ms Greville said: "He’d gone from annoyed to extremely angry."

12:27 PM

'I'm disappointed in you, I know she's your sister'

After the scuffle on the floor, a taxi was called and Emma Greville carried Kate belongings to the front gate alongside Mr Giggs.

Emma Greville said: "He was saying he was disappointed in me, and saying 'I know she’s your sister'... That’s all I can recall.

"Ryan had told me and Kate the police had been called, so they were also on their way... After they’d been on the floor together, after they’d had the scuffle on the floor he went across to his neighbour.

"He told us that she was calling the police."

She said the next time she saw her sister was in the kitchen. "She and Ryan were arguing again," Ms Greville said.

"All I remember Kate trying to reach round to his back pocket to get his phone."

12:23 PM

Elbow was a 'get off me' manner

"What sort of manner [was the elbow]?" Mr Wright QC asked.

Ms Greville answered: "Not a gentle manner, but it was a 'get off me' manner... For me to get off Ryan."

Mr Wright QC: "Did there appear to be any reason for the elbow?"

Ms Greville said: "Kate said to me, that he had the phone, so I presumed it was in response for me not to be able to get the phone, he wanted to get me off him... [I was in] shock, I was upset, I immediately called my parents."

Asked about what force was used, she added: "It was force… it was a force to make me remove my hands from around him."

12:10 PM

'Get him off me'

Emma Greville continued: "I went into the hallway, saw Ryan’s legs sticking out of the boot room into the hallway... [Kate was] lying on her back, with Ryan on top of her.

"His face was in line with her face.

"He was just lying flat on top of her trying to reach for her phone."

Asked if Kate Greville was saying anything, she answered: "I can’t recall exactly,  but from her facial expressions I could tell she was in pain."

Mr Wright QC said: "What did you do when you saw this scene in front of you?"

She responded: "Kate said to me 'get him off me', so I put my both arms around his waist and as Kate was using her legs to push him off, I was pulling.

"As I was pulling him up, he was standing upright in the door way and as he turned to his right, his elbow touched my jaw, and as a result I let go."

12:04 PM

The phone argument

At that stage, Emma Greville took Mac the dog into the kitchen to "remove him from the situation", before the argument moved to another topic - a phone.

"Ryan accused Kate of having his phone," Emma Greville said. 

Peter Wright QC asked: "And what was Kate’s response, if any?

Ms Greville said: "She said she did not have his phone on her," she said.

Mr Wright QC added: "How did he react to that?"

She answered: "He did not believe her. He was angry."

Mr Giggs was moving his ex-girlfriend's belongings and placed her handbag containing her phone on the floor next to her.

Next, Ms Greville said: "Kate had the phone in her hand, she grabbed it before he did and they then were in physical contact with each other trying to... Ryan tried to grab Kate’s phone off her.

She said his mood was "angry", while her sister's was "still upset".

11:57 AM

'She’d had a drink, she wasn’t stumbling'

Peter Wright QC asked Ms Greville: "Did anyone arrive?"

She said her sister Kate arrived and asked about her state. "She’d had a drink, she wasn’t stumbling, she was more emotional because she’d had a drink," she said.

Ms Greville then said Mr Giggs arrived home, and "wasn't smiling, he was in a visible mood... he was also very drunk".

She went to the bedroom to "stay out of the way". Later, "Ryan came upstairs and told me to come downstairs and told me to sort out my sister".

"I went downstairs to find Kate in the hallway hugging the dog, upset and crying... Ryan said 'say your goodbyes to the dog, you’re never going to see him again'," she said.

"[He said it] in a snide manner, that he had the power, that he could keep the dog, when he knew that dog was Kate’s."

11:49 AM

'Pack my stuff in the car, we are leaving tonight'

We now move onto Nov 1 - the night of the alleged headbutt.

Ms Greville told the court she had taken Mac the dog for a walk when she got a phonecall from her sister Kate saying that they were "finally on their way" to the Stock Exchange hotel.

Emma Greville added: "She was a bit annoyed as they were meant to have left earlier, but Ryan had been out all day drinking … she was happy, but she was annoyed that he was late."

She then returned to the house and exchanged messages with her sister about the cocker spaniel, and later, Emma Greville said: "I received a message, saying ‘pack my stuff in the car, we are leaving tonight’."

As she began to pack, she told the court Mr Giggs attempted to call her "more than once".

11:41 AM

Arguments continued, says sister

Mr Wright QC, for the Crown, continued: "Had you noticed anything during that period. After Scotland, before Nov 1?"

Ms Greville answered: "I remember one argument, I was in the house looking after the dog. Kate was very upset and Ryan was sitting in the other lounge and Ryan was telling her to 'f--- off'... Around me, that was unusual."

11:40 AM

Argument in Scotland

In terms of verbal arguments, Emma Greville said that there were "arguments, swearing, shouting at each other".

Mr Wright said: "Was that something that was going both ways? Or not?"

She added: "On one incident, it was very much one way, on other occasions they had bickerings. They were both back at each other."

Talking about an incident in Scotland, Emma Greville said: "When we went to Scotland to look at Mac the dog, Ryan, Kate, myself and two of Ryan’s friends.

"The second night we were in the pub and they had been bickering, they’d been arguing but I don’t know what about.

"I went to the toilet, came back and Ryan wasn’t sitting at the table and one of his friends wasn't at the table.

"Kate was upset and talking to Ryan's friend that remained at the table... I could just tell from the way she was acting, they’d had a serious argument."

11:35 AM

Emma Greville gives evidence

Peter Wright QC (PW) is questioning Emma Greville (EG).

PW: Had you seen them together?

EG: Yes.

PW: How frequently?

EG: Not that frequently until I moved to Manchester in September 2020.

PW: In terms of you seeing them together, please, I want to ask you how did they appear to each other?

EG: It varied

PW: How did it vary?

EG: From loving, in a loving relationship to being very distant and you could feel the frostiness between them.

PW: Did you see any form of conflict between them?

EG: Yes

PW: I’m going to break that into two. But Verbal conflict?

EG: Yes

PW: Physical conflict between them?

EG: Not until that night.

11:23 AM

Kate Greville's sister appears in the witness box

We will hear next from Emma Greville, the younger sister of Kate Greville.

11:22 AM

Witness cross-examined

Chris Daw QC (CD), for the defence, began his cross-examination of Elsa Roodt (ER).

CD: You said Ms Greville started working for you in 2015 for two years. Are those dates checked or best of memory.

ER: Memory.

CD: If I suggest to you it was actually October 2016 until around Christmas 2017.

ER: Maybe.

CD: And she is still employed by you, as managing partner of UK branch?

ER: Yes.

CD: Is it right as we heard, that Kate Greville is a better and longer standing friend of Katie Harvey than you?

ER: Yes.

CD: You know Kate mostly through work.

ER: Yes.

CD: And is it true that you were not as close to her at this time as Katie?

ED: Correct.

CD: Did you go on maternity leave towards the end of 2016?

ER: No, that’s not correct.

CD: When did you go?

ER: March 2017.

CD: And did you know that during Ms Greville's time in Ab Dhabi that she was in an on and off relationship with Mr Giggs?

ER: No.

CD: And that they remained in a relationship with some off periods until Nov 2020?

ER: Yes.

CD: During time Kate Greville was in Abu Dhabi - a great majority of the time, Mr Giggs was not in Abu Dhabi, he was in other places?

ER: I don’t know.

CD: Were you ever present when they had any arguments?

ER: No.

CD: And other than any messages you may have seen on the night, were you privy to any of the other messages between them WhatsApp in particular?

ER: On occasions.

CD: Did you see many many messages loving and affectionate nature?

ER: No.

CD: The messages you saw were the messages Kate chose to show you?

ER: Correct.

CD: How many times have you met Mr Giggs?

ER: Maybe three times?

CD: So do you agree you’ve had very little opportunity to observe them as a couple?

ER: Yes.

CD: One of the occasions was a wedding in Spain in 2017?

ER: Yes.

CD: By that stage, you had a young baby?

ER: Yes.

CD: Was the event a wedding of some of Kate’s friends?

ER: Yes.

CD: Do you recall that Mr Giggs was very friendly and sociable and kind to everyone at the event?

ER: Yes.

CD: And did it appear that Kate was happy and they were happy together?

ER: Yes.

CD: And the event included going for a meal, not part of the wedding, with you and some other people?

ER: No.

CD: Do you remember going for a meal at a castle, you and your husband and your baby?

ER: I don’t recall.

CD: In September 2017, there was an incident Kate told you that there had been an incident and you became aware Kate Greville had an argument with Mr Giggs at a hotel?

ER: Yes.

CD: And the essence of the argument was that he wanted her to leave the apartment.

ER: Yes.

CD: And they made up and had sex?

ER: Yes.

CD: And that she said that it had been quite rough.

ER: Yes.

CD: And she told you that was why she had a bruise on her wrist?

ER: Yes.

CD: Did she tell you that rough sex was something that something they both enjoyed and engaged in?

ER: No.

CD: Either then or on any other occasion?

ER: No.

CD: In February 2018, there was an argument in a restaurant called LPM? Did she tell you any of the following? He was using his phone to deal with an injury with his 15-year-old daughter?

ER: Yes.

CD: He was reassuring his daughter and trying to arrange medical treatments?

ER: Yes.

CD: That she, Kate, had complained about him using his phone for that reason? Did she tell you that?

ER: No.

CD: Their starters were getting cold?

ER: No.

CD: She was embarrassed about what other people might think in the restaurant?

ER: No.

CD: That was why she was cross with him?

ER: No.

CD: Now onto February 2020, had you been discussing what planning to say to the police?

ER: No.

CD: Have you read any of the reporters in the media from last week?

ER: No.

CD: In respect of that February 2020 incident, did Kate tell you that a major source of anger of her called her by his ex-wife Stacey’s name?

ER: No.

11:10 AM

'It was like two different people'

We move now to another incident in Dubai in 2020.

The morning after, Mr Giggs had returned to Manchester while Ms Greville stayed behind.

PW: How did she seem in way of her mood?

ER: She had been crying all night and she was very upset she seemed very sad.

PW: Did you notice anything physical about her out of the ordinary?

ER: She had bruises on her arm.

PW: How did you come to notice the bruising? Did you notice or did she show you?"

ER: It was a combination of both. When I arrived... she told me where the bruises came from.

PW: Did she say where the bruises came from?

ER Yes.

PW: Where was that?

ER: She said that Ryan got physical with her the night before in the hotel.

PW: Had you met Kate Greville at Katie Harvey’s apartment by arrangement or by coincidence?

ER: I went to Katie’s house to meet with Kate.

PW: Where had Kate been staying prior to your meeting her?

ER: That night, she was meant to stay in the hotel Ryan with but due to the incident that took place...

PW: When you saw Ms Greville can you recall, did she have a mobile phone?

ER: I do not recall.

PW: How long did you stay accompanied with Kate Greville at Katie Harvey's apartment?

ER: For a few hours.

PW: During that time, did her mood change or remain the same?

ER: Remained the same - very upset.

PW: Did anyone try to contact you during this period of time?

ER: No.

PW: Did anyone try to contact Katie Harvey?

ER: Yes.

PW: Are you aware as to who that was?

ER: Yes. Ryan.

PW: Is this information you were told of, or did you see it?

ER: I was there for the phonecalls and the messages.

PW: Did you see the messages? What sort of messages were there?

ER: It as a mix of begging her to come back to hotel and then there were messages that was just saying how bad she is and that he would do certain things to her.

It was like two different people.

PW: Did you say things he would do to her?

ER: Yes. I don’t recall exactly what was said. But It was very intense and very rude and very specific in terms of what he wanted to do with her.

Then the next message would be calling her a scumbag.

10:45 AM

The Dubai hotel room incident in 2017

We continue:

PW: Did you Ryan Giggs present in Dubai?

ER: Yes.

PW: Was that once or more than once?

ER: More than once.

PW: I’m going to ask about some events in 2017 please, do you recall an incident involving Ryan and Kate in 2017?

ER: Yes.

PW: Are you able to recall where this incident took place?

ER: I think it was the Westin hotel.

PW: At the time of this incident, were you aware of where Ryan was staying?

ER: He was staying at the Westin with Kate.

PW: During the time that, were you aware of an incident?

ER: Kate told us the following day, she told me they had some sort of argument in the hotel room.

PW: Was this in person, or on the phone?

ER: In person.

PW: How did she appear to you at the time?

ER: Very upset.

PW: How did she appear physically at that time?

ER: I could see that she had been crying quite a lot, and that’s when I noticed the bruises on her arm.

PW: What led you to notice the bruising on her arm?

ER: I could see them.

PW: When you saw the bruises on her arm, did you speak to her about them?

ER: Yes, I asked her where she got the bruises.

PW: Did she answer your question?

ER: Yes.

PW: What did she say?

ER: She said after the argument they had, they ended up having quite rough sex, and the bruises were from that.

10:41 AM

Ms Greville 'appeared nervous' when relationship with Mr Giggs restarted

Peter Wright QC asked Ms Roodt about Ms Greville and "her mood when she was employed by you?"

She responded: "Initially, when Kate came to Abu Dhabi, she started to really come out of her shell, really bubbly, really happy and we went out - a lot of social time, over those two years... When the relationship started again, Kate started to be very distracted.

"She seemed a lot more worried. Her social pattern was a lot less. We didn't spend much time with her."

Mr Wright QC added: "You referred to her appearing nervous, how did that manifest itself? In what sort of behaviour?"

The witness responded: "She would be completely obsessed with her phone and constantly being available at all times."

Asked what Ms Greville was like when during times the relationship had ended, Ms Roodt answered: "Lighter, happier."

10:34 AM

Kate Greville's company 'had to block' Ryan Giggs's email address

The court heard how Ryan Giggs visited Abu Dhabi to see Kate Greville.

Peter Wright QC asked if there were any steps Ms Roodt had to take with regard to Mr Giggs's email.

"At one stage early on in her employment, we had to call on our internet providers to block Ryan Giggs' emails as it became very intense and Kate could not work," she said.

"It was interfering with her work, so we had no option but to try and block his email."

10:29 AM

Witness questioned... on a very delayed satellite link

Peter Wright QC (PW) is questioning Elsa Roodt (ER) on a very delayed video link.

PW: How long have you known Kate Greville?

ER: Around 11 or 12 years

PW: How did you get introduced to KG?

ER: Katie Harvey is my business partner, and they went to university together, and that’s how I was introduced to Kate.

PW: She was business partner in Dubai?

ER: Correct

PW: Did you understand that she was a university friend of Kate Greville?

ER: Correct

PW: In about 2009, did you found a business with Katie Harvey

ER: I founded a business with 2010 with Katie Harvey

PW: Did you at a later stage employ KG in your business?

ER: Yes, we did.

PW: When was that?

ER: That was in 2015, she came and lived in Abu Dhabi and helped us to establish and set up our Abu Dhabi office.

PW: What was that business called?

ER: Q Communications

PW: Nature of the business?

ER: We are a PR agency

10:22 AM

Kate Greville's friend appears via link

Elsa Roodt, a friend of Kate Greville, was first to appear as a witness on day six.

She appeared via satellite link from Dubai.

Wearing a black top with metallic buttons, she was accompanied by Dr Al Hamadi - the Dubai Public Prosecution’s chief prosecutor, an interpreter and a liaison officer.

10:09 AM

Ryan Giggs enters the dock

Dressed in a dark suit, the former Manchester United player is awaiting Judge Hilary Manley as the trial enters its second week.

09:50 AM

First week recap

  1. Kate Greville, Ryan Giggs's former girlfriend, claimed that she was a "slave to his every demand and every need".

  2. Ms Greville told the jury how, at the end of their relationship, Mr Giggs "looked her in the eye", grabbed her with both hands on the shoulder and heabutted her "deliberately" in the lip. The defence say this was a "minor" coming together of faces as they tussled for a mobile phone.

  3. Mr Giggs is accused of elbowing Emma Greville - Kate Greville's sister - in the jaw during an altercation on the same night as the alleged headbutt - Nov 1, 2020.

  4. Manchester Crown Court heard how the pair were "almost umbilically attached to their phones" and that there was tension if either of them did not reply "instantly". Ms Greville said she had been "conditioned" into behaving like this by Mr Giggs.

  5. Ms Greville decided to spend lockdown with Mr Giggs despite the couple never having lived together previously. She described this period as a "living hell", something the defence argue she exaggerated.

  6. The court heard how Ms Greville discovered Mr Giggs had been having "full-on relationships" with eight women during their six-year, on-off relationship. When she found evidence on Mr Giggs's iPad of his infidelity, she came up with a "plan", and told a friend she wasn't "walking away with nothing".

  7. Ms Greville spent three days in the witness stand, during which it emerged she had her contraceptive coil removed without Mr Giggs knowing. The defence say this was to fall pregnant in order to tie the pair together financially. She also lied to the footballer about having cancer to get the coil removed, claiming she needed to throw him off the scent in order to get an appointment for an STD test having discovered his infidelity.

  8. The court was played 999 calls and bodycam footage from the night of Nov 1, 2020, which showed Mr Giggs's arrest.

You can catch up with everything from the first five days in the links above.