Court allows Blades ace home for Christmas Day

In court: Ched Evans.
In court: Ched Evans.
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A JUDGE has amended Sheffield United star Ched Evans’s bail conditions - so the striker can spend Christmas Day with his parents.

Evans, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, is facing a charge of rape, which he denies.

The 22-year-old Welsh international and his co-defendant, Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, also 22, of Crewe, were previously banned, under the terms of their bail, from entering North Wales, where Evans’s parents live.

But yesterday, at Caernarfon Crown Court, David Fish QC, on behalf of Evans, applied for the variation, which was granted by Judge Merfyn Hughes QC.

Evans - full name Chedwyn Evans - will now be allowed to be at his parents’ home in Rhyl between 9am on Christmas Day and 10am on Boxing Day, but under curfew.

His barrister said he would need to be at a Blades training session at 1pm on Boxing Day.

United have a game the following day at home to Notts County.

Both men were told by the judge their trial will take place in April.

They deny the rape of a woman at the Premier Inn, Rhuddlan, near Rhyl, at the end of May.

Evans has been in top form for the Blades in recent weeks, scoring eight goals in five games.

He moved to the club in 2009 from Manchester City for a fee of £3 million, and has also made 13 appearances for Wales.