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Girl too out of it to say yes to sex, Ched Evans retrial is told

By Benjamin Wright

A drunken teenager was so "out of it", she could not consent to having sex with football star Ched Evans, let alone remember it, jurors have heard.

Cardiff Crown Court was told the 27-year-old striker arrived at a hotel room in north Wales at around 4am on May 30, 2011, after a friend phoned him to say "I've got a girl".

Prosecutors said hotel staff described the woman as stumbling drunk and looking vacant before going into a room with one of Evans' friends.

Receptionist Gavin Burrough described the woman as stumbling around with a vacant expression on her face.

Jurors were told Evans then arrived by taxi at the 44-bed hotel, before sex noises were heard coming from the room booked in his name - before the 13 cap Wales international "surreptitiously" left.

Former Sheffield United forward Evans was later convicted of raping the woman, but this was quashed by the Court of Appeal and a retrial in front of seven women and five men began yesterday.

Evans, who now plays for League One side Chesterfield, denies rape. But Simon Medland QC, prosecuting, insisted the woman could not have given her consent.

Mr Medland said the woman, who cannot be named, awoke hours later to find she had wet the bed and that she could only piece together "some fragments" of what had happened to her.

"She was that intoxicated that she didn't really know what on earth was happening," Mr Medland told the jury.

"Sex without consent is rape. The complainant will not be able to tell you that she did consent. How could she? She didn't even know Ched Evans was having sex with her.

"She had to piece together some fairly fragmentary memories of events later the next morning after she'd woken up and found that this defendant had slipped away into the night through the fire escape door."

The trial, which is expected to last two weeks, continues.

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