Welsh striker jailed for rape

The Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans has been jailed for five years after being found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman who was "too drunk to consent" to sex. Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald was cleared of the same charge.

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Ched Evans' football career 'now lost'

Ched Evans, who played 13 times for Wales, was today found guilty of rape and jailed for five years. Credit: North Wales Police

David Fish QC, for the defence, told the court it was a "sad day" for Evans.

"He is aged 23 and has, until now, had a promising career to which he has devoted his whole life since his teens," he said.

"That career has now been lost."

In mitigation, Mr Fish said Evans had not targeted the complainant and had come to the matter "very late".

Police pay tribute to 'courage' of Evans' rape victim

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Williams, senior investigating officer for North Wales Police, said:

I would like to pay tribute to the courage of the victim in this case, who has shown a great deal of resilience and strength in very difficult circumstances.

I sincerely hope that the guilty verdict will provide some closure on this horrendous ordeal for the victim and that she will be able to rebuild her life which was shattered by the events of May 30th 2011.

No-one is above the law and I welcome the conviction which again demonstrates that North Wales Police, in conjunction with our partners at the Crown Prosecution Service, are absolutely committed to investigating all incidents of this nature fairly, professionally and robustly to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.

CPS: Ched Evans had 'total disregard' for victim's wellbeing

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

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.

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McDonald 'upset' at Ched Evans' guilty verdict

Clayton McDonald's legal team said in a statement published on Port Vale FC's website:

Clayton McDonald has maintained his innocence from the start and is relieved at his verdict.

However, he is very upset and disappointed regarding the verdict given to his lifelong friend, Ched Evans, whom he will continue to support in any way possible.

Clayton would like to thank his family, friends, the staff and fans of Port Vale Football Club and his legal team for their continued support.

Footballer found guilty of rape jailed for five years

Clayton McDonald (left) was found not guilty of rape; Ched Evans (right) was found guilty of rape and jailed for five years. Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

A footballer was jailed for five years today for raping a teenager who was "too drunk to consent" to sex as two of his friends watched and tried to film it on a mobile phone.

Sheffield United and Wales footballer Ched Evans was found guilty of raping the then 19-year-old at a hotel following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May.

His co-defendant, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, was found not guilty of the same charge.

Court proceedings were disrupted after McDonald was acquitted, prompting a brief adjournment.

The court heard that both men admitted they had sex with the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, but the prosecution said she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

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