Ched Evans's rape conviction

Nine people have each been ordered to pay a rape victim for revealing her name on social networks after footballer Ched Evans was convicted of raping her at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.

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Police warn anyone insulting victim will be 'dealt with robustly'

North Wales police say that anyone who insults the woman at the centre of the Ched Evans rape case will be "dealt with robustly."

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans said that when criminal offences are identified the offenders will be "brought to justice."

I would advise people who post such status and tweets to consider the implications of their action and those who add comments to appreciate that they may be condoning such behaviour and contributing to the continued trauma upon this young woman.

– Detective Chief Inspector Steve Evans

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Alleged naming of victim online

Ched Evans was found guilty of rape last week Credit: ITV News Wales

Police are investigating reports that the rape victim in the Ched Evans trial has been named on social networking sites.

North Wales police have said they are "aware of reports of comments on social media sites and are collating all relevant information."

National charities, Rape Crisis and End Violence Against Women, have said that the alleged naming is "profoundly disturbing" and raises "serious questions" about the "adequacy" of the justice system and whether it can cope with offences committed online.

Legislation is currently in place that ensures all victims of sexual abuse are protected by lifetime anonymity and those who do name them are breaking the law.

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."

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North Wales Police: "no-one is above the law"

Credit: North Wales Police

DCI Steve Williams from 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 30th May 2011"

"No-one is above the law and I welcome the conviction."

Evans "took advantage of vulnerable young woman"

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.

– Nita Dowell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service

Evans family maintains his innocence

Ched Evans is shocked and extremely disappointed with the decision reached today by the Jury at Caernarfon Crown Court to convict him of the charge brought against him. Mr Evans firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and is being advised regarding an appeal of the decision.

– Statement on behalf of Ched Evans
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