Soccer

Wales striker jailed for rape

2012-04-20 17:27
Ched Evans (AP Photo)

London - Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years on Friday after being found guilty of raping a woman who was "too drunk to consent."

Evans, 23, had been accused of raping a 19-year-old woman during an incident at a North Wales hotel in May last year while two friends attempted to film the incident using a mobile phone.

His co-accused, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was found not guilty of the same charge following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.

Evans, who has scored 35 goals for United this season and has 13 caps for Wales, had admitted having sex with the woman but told the court during the trial she had consented.

The trial heard that the incident occurred after McDonald met the woman on the street after visiting a takeaway in the early hours of May 30 last.

He took her back to a hotel near Rhyl in North Wales, where they had sex and were later joined by Evans, who also had intercourse with the woman.

The jury was told that as the incident took place two friends of the men watched through a window and attempted to record the incident.

Prosecutors said the woman had no memory of the incident and believed her drink may have been spiked. She made a report to police after waking up in the hotel room naked and alone the following day.

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