Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng will be facing trial on assault with intent to injure charges on December 10th of this year. As previously reported on Bavarian Football Works, his charges arise from an incident with his ex-partner and mother of two of his children, Sherin Senler, in the fall of 2018. After seeing video evidence depicting the assault in a preliminary hearing, the District Court allowed the case to move ahead on those charges.
Bild reports, citing a District Court spokesman, that Boateng must appear in court for the trial of this matter on December 10th of this year. This means that all the interlocutory and procedural wrangling is over and a trial date is imminent. While everyone is entitled to the presumption of innocence, the existence of video of the incident, as well as the German court system allowing this matter to go forward would seem to indicate a low probability of Boateng avoiding a conviction.
If convicted, Boateng could face a maximum of five years imprisonment, although a non-custodial sentence including a significant fine is a much more likely outcome.
There is still plenty of time between now and then for Jerome’s counsel and the prosecutor to reach a consent resolution to the matter. One can only hope that, no matter what the outcome, everyone involved has learned something from the process and will be able to move forward with their lives in a healthier way.