CHED EVANS: Man ‘shocked’ by alleged victim’s behaviour during sex days before hotel incident, court told

Footballer Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey, where he is on trial accused of raping a woman in May 2011. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 12, 2016. See PA story COURTS Evans. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Footballer Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey, where he is on trial accused of raping a woman in May 2011. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday October 12, 2016. See PA story COURTS Evans. Photo credit should read: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

A man who says he had sex with a woman two days before she was allegedly raped by footballer Ched Evans told jurors he was ‘shocked’ by her behaviour.

Cardiff Crown Court heard that Wales international Evans walked into a hotel room in 2011 to find his best friend having sex with a woman.

The prosecution maintains the alleged victim was too drunk to give consent and awoke hours later and no memory of what had happened.

But the League One striker, who plays for Chesterfield, denies rape and maintains he was invited to “join in” with fellow footballer Clayton McDonald and the teenager.

Yesterday jurors heard from a witness who said he began a relationship with the complainant after first meeting her via Facebook.

The man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said he had slept with the woman “five or six times” in two weeks. He told the court of one occasion, two days before the alleged offence with Evans, when she sent him a series of texts while on a night out.

The man said he later “reluctantly” picked up the woman, who he described as drunk, from outside a nightclub and took her back to his place.

“We went back to my house....and my initial plan was to go straight back to bed because I had to be up for work in a couple of hours,” said the witness.

“She started instigating sex. It was a bit of a shock as to how much more confident she was.”

Evans was originally found guilty of raping the woman following a trial.

The conviction was later quashed and a retrial ordered. The trial continues.