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Ched Evans told police threesome not unusual, rape trial hears

Published 06/10/2016

Footballer Ched Evans with partner Natasha Massey arriving at Cardiff Crown Court
Footballer Ched Evans with partner Natasha Massey arriving at Cardiff Crown Court

Footballer Ched Evans' told police that a threesome with a childhood friend and a woman he had known for just a few minutes was not out of the ordinary, a court has heard.

The 27-year-old striker is on trial at Cardiff Crown Court accused of raping a woman at the Premier Inn in Rhyl, north Wales, following a night out.

Jurors heard that the complainant was "hysterical" after waking up confused, naked and alone in the budget hotel - and prosecutors say she was too intoxicated to give consent.

Police later questioned the former Manchester City player after discovering he paid £92 for the room, which was booked for fellow footballer and close friend Clayton McDonald.

Evans, who denies raping the woman, told detectives he arrived at the hotel in the early hours of the morning to see Mr McDonald having sex with a woman - before she was asked if it was okay "if my mate joins in" and they were told by her: "Yeah."

Following his arrest, the 13-cap Wales international, who now plays for League One side Chesterfield, told officers he believed the woman had given him consent - despite only knowing him for "two or three minutes".

After being asked whether that situation was normal, especially given that Evans was not single at the time, he replied: "I've had a threesome before with Clay, when we lived together (three or four years ago). The girls, they like it, because they've got two footballers there.

"Wherever we go we attract girls. My girlfriend hates me going out because the girls do throw themselves at you. That's just part and parcel of being a footballer."

On the third day of Evans' retrial, the court heard that the St Asaph-born striker went to the hotel in the early hours of May 30 2011, following a night out on the town with Mr McDonald and other friends.

After the pair became separated, Mr McDonald later texted Evans saying "I've got a bird" before taking her to the Premier Inn.

Taxi driver Lee Jones, who drove the pair, described the woman as being very drunk.

Hotel receptionist Gavin Burrough gave evidence saying the woman looked unsteady on her feet.

Mr Burrough told the jury: "Her eyes were glazed over and she had a vacant expression on her face. She didn't seem to realise I was there."

However, when later questioned by police Evans insisted the woman had "capacity" and she was encouraging him to perform sex acts on her.

He said that he initially went to the hotel in a taxi "as a laugh" because he wanted to see who Mr McDonald had brought back, as well as to let him know that one of their friends had been arrested.

Evans also told police he was not "shocked" when opening the door to Room 14 and seeing his close friend having sex with a woman, saying that they often saw each other naked when they lived together.

"She was fine," he said to detectives about the woman.

"She was getting in different positions herself. She wasn't acting really drunk. We'd all had a drink. It wasn't like anyone was more drunk than anyone else."

The court heard that Evans left the hotel via a fire exit door and walked home not long after Mr McDonald had suddenly left.

It is the prosecution's case that the following morning the woman woke up with no idea how she got to the hotel or who she had been with.

An hour later she was seen at a friend's house banging the front door loudly.

The friend later gave a statement to police, which was read aloud to the court by prosecuting counsel Simon Medland QC.

It said: "When I opened the door she was crying hysterically. She was sobbing, trying to catch her breath. She told me that she had woken up in the Premier Inn naked and had no idea how she had got there."

In her evidence on Wednesday, the complainant - who admitted using cocaine and cannabis in the past - said that night she had drunk two large 250ml glasses of wine, four double vodka-and-lemonades as well as a shot of Sambuca.

However, she maintains that amount of alcohol would not make her "black out" and claimed one of her drinks had been spiked while in a nightclub.

The Crown has said there was no suggestion that either Evans or Mr McDonald had spiked the woman's drink - if that was indeed what had happened.

During cross-examination, hotel worker Mr Burrough admitted that while the woman looked "extremely drunk" she had spoken to Mr McDonald while in reception and managed to pick up a pizza box off the floor while wearing high platformed shoes.

Jurors have also been told that Mr McDonald and Evans were separately charged with raping the woman.

Following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court, Mr McDonald was acquitted. Evans was found guilty of raping the woman, but the conviction was later quashed by the Court of Appeal and a new trial ordered.

On the first day of the case, High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told the jury: "You are to try this case on the evidence you hear in this court in this trial and nothing else."

Evans, who has been accompanied to court every day by fiancee Natasha Massey, denies one count of rape.

The trial will resume on Monday.

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