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Footballers 'procured girl before raping her'

By Alex Diaz

Two footballers “procured” a drunk teenage girl and raped her as two of their friends watched and filmed, a court has heard.

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans (23) and Clayton McDonald, also 23, deny the attack which allegedly took place at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, North Wales, on a bank holiday last May.

John Philpotts, prosecuting, told Caernarfon Crown Court that Port Vale defender McDonald of Marys Gate, Crewe, Cheshire, and Evans, of Ashtree Gardens, Millhouse Green, Penistone, South Yorkshire, had admitted having sex with the complainant.

But he said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Mr Philpotts said that while the attack happened, Jack Higgins, an “associate” of the pair, and Ryan Roberts, Evans' brother, watched through a window.

He added: “Ched Evans had booked that room with the main or sole purpose of procuring a girl or girls that night.

“He and Clayton McDonald were on the lookout for any girl who was a suitable target and the claimant had literally stumbled across their path.”

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