Evans handed five-year sentence for Rhyl rape

20/04/2012

Footballer Ched Evans has been jailed for five years after being found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping a woman at a hotel near Rhyl.

A second player, Clayton McDonald, was aquitted by the jury. Both players had denied rape at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Nita Dowell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said:

"The Crown Prosecution Service respects the verdicts of the jury in relation to both defendants.

"Ched Evans took advantage of a vulnerable young woman who was in no fit state to consent to sexual activity. He did so knowingly and with a total disregard for her physical or emotional wellbeing.

"It is a myth that being vulnerable through alcohol consumption means that a victim is somehow responsible for being raped. The law is clear; being vulnerable through drink or drugs does not imply consent.

"Rape is an extremely damaging offence, but it can also be one of the most misunderstood and difficult to prosecute. The Crown Prosecution Service, in partnership with the police and other agencies, is working hard to help combat and dispel the myths and stereotypes that exist around the issue of rape.

"We want victims to feel that they can report an offence to the police, confident in the knowledge that their complaint will be taken seriously and they will be treated with respect."