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Nine admit rape victim ID charges

Nine people have pleaded guilty to revealing online the identity of a woman raped by former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.

The victim's name was circulated on social network sites, including Twitter and Facebook, following Evans's conviction at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.

Some of the defendants also launched abuse at the victim, calling her names. They all claimed that they were not aware that naming her was a criminal offence.

The law gives the victims and alleged victims of rape and other sexual offences lifelong anonymity.

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel room.

He is due to appeal against the conviction at the Court of Appeal on Tuesday.