Local News & Archive — October 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm — Updated: October 4, 2016 at 5:37 pm

Ched Evans rape retrial begins

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The jury in the retrial of Ched Evans has heard how the St Asaph footabller escaped from a Rhuddlan hotel after raping a woman.

The Chesterfield striker from St Asaph was found guilty of rape four years ago – but his conviction quashed in April following a High Court appeal. He denies the charge.

On the opening day at Cardiff Crown Court, prosecutors said Evans had arrived at the Premier Inn in Rhuddlan with Clayton McDonald, following a night out. They had met the alleged victim at the Zu bar on West Parade in Rhyl.

Mr McDonald, who was acquitted of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court in 2012, was said to have phoned Evans from a taxi to say ”I’ve got a girl”. Evans, who had paid £92 for a room under Mr McDonald’s name, arrived in the room fifteen minutes later.

Both men were alleged to have separately had sex with the woman – but Simon Medland QC claimed that she was very drunk and did not know what was happening. She believed that her drink had been spiked – but not by Evans.

Evans was said to have left the hotel by the fire exit door instead of through the front reception.

Mr Medland told the court: ”We submit that the evidence will show that the only connection between Ched Evans and the complainant was once he was in the hotel room with the ‘girl’ which McDonald had ‘got’…We submit that she was that intoxicated that she didn’t really know what on earth was happening….and that she was raped by this young footballer, not that she had consensual sex with him.”

Earlier in the day, a jury of seven women and five men were sworn in – and told by the judge, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, to ignore any past publicity surrounding the case.

The trial continues on Wednesday, when the court is due to hear evidence from the alleged victim, who cannot be named.

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