Two more charged over naming of rape victim

Two more people have been charged after posting Twitter messages identifying the victim in the rape case which led to the conviction of footballer Chedwyn (Ched) Evans. The number of defendants charged in relation to the matter now stands at four.

We have now concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl and Michael Ashton, 21, from Llanddulas, with the offence of publishing a matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992. The Attorney General has granted consent to these prosecutions.

– Jim Brisbane, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales

Both men have been charged by North Wales Police and bailed to appear before Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court on the 5th November.

The Crown Prosecution service are continuing to complete their evidential reviews in respect of a number of people under investigation by North Wales Police.

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