Ched Evans trial: Woman hysterical after alleged rape

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The alleged victim, who was 19 at the time, arrived at a friend's house afterwards and was 'crying hysterically', jurors at Cardiff Crown Court were told today.

Evans, a Chesterfield striker, is accused of raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, North Wales, in May 2011.

The prosecution case is that the woman was too drunk to consent to sex.

Evans, aged 27, whose original conviction was quashed before a retrial ordered, denies raping the woman and insists the sex they had was consensual.

Jurors heard today that the woman arrived at friend's around an hour after waking up naked and alone in a hotel room.

The witness, who cannot be named, told police in a statement: "When I opened the door she was crying hysterically. She was sobbing, trying to catch her breath and I gave her a hug to calm her down.

"When she calmed down, she told me that she had woken up in the Premier Inn naked and had no idea how she had got there."

The owner of a takeaway shop in Rhyl told police the complainant was 'really drunk' on the night in question and that she was 'falling all over'.

Gavin Burrough, who was working on reception at the Premier Inn where the rape is alleged to have taken place, also said the woman appeared drunk.

"My impression was that the woman was extremely drunk. She was unsteady on her feet.

“Her eyes were all glazed over, like a vacant expression. She didn’t seem to realise I was there. She seemed to look straight through me.

“I did ask her if she was OK, but she didn’t reply.”

The trial continues.