Sheffield United striker Ched Evans found guilty of rape, jailed for five years
Sheffield United player Ched Evans has been sentenced to five years in prison after being found guilty of rape.
His co-defendant, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was cleared.
Wales international Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel in Rhyl by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court.
Both men admitted having sex with the woman, now aged 20, at the Premier Inn on May 30, 2011, but claimed it was consensual.
The BBC reports:
The court heard that McDonald met the woman and took her back to the hotel room, sending a text to Evans stating he had “got a bird”.
During Evans’ evidence, he told the jury he had gone to the hotel, let himself into McDonald’s room and watched his friend and the woman having sex.
It was claimed McDonald asked if his friend could “get involved”, to which the woman said yes.
But the jury watched video evidence from the defendant, who the prosecution said was “too drunk to consent”.
In her evidence, the defendant said: “My clothes were scattered around on the floor. I just didn’t know how I got there, if I had gone there with anyone. I was confused and dazed.”
Evans and McDonald had known each other since their days in the Manchester City youth team and were in Rhyl, near Evans’ hometown of St Asaph, for a Bank Holiday night out.