New twist in Ched Evans case - website to be examined

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The website set up by Ched Evans supporters trying to clear his name will be looked at to establish whether it unlawfully identifies his victim.

It features CCTV footage of the 19-year-old woman Evans was found guilty of raping in a hotel bedroom in North Wales in 2011.

Evan, who played for Sheffield United for three years, admitted having sex with the woman but denied rape.

The 26-year-old striker was found guilty after a trial and was jailed for five years.

He was released in October after serving half of his sentence and is now trying to resume his football career.

While he was behind bars his supporters set up a website detailing some of the evidence in the case.

It shows CCTV footage of the rape victim walking into the hotel with another footballer on the night of the attack.

Her face is blurred but her father contacted the Attorney General’s Office in December to complain.

Victims of sexual offences are entitled to lifelong anonymity.

A statement from the Attorney General’s office said: “The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP, has asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether any criminal offences may have been committed in regards to identifying the victim in the Ched Evans case.

“He has also asked the North Wales police to investigate whether some of the material served during the course of the proceedings has been dealt with properly.

“If not, this may constitute a contempt of court.

“Given that there is now the possibility of proceedings being brought, it is very important that there is no comment in the media which might jeopardise either the investigation or any subsequent proceedings.”

Evans’ victim has moved home five times since the attack because of online trolls repeatedly tracking her down and revealing her new identity.

It is against the law for anyone to publish material that could lead to the identification of a victim of sexual assault.

The teenager was first given a new identity when her name was circulated on social media at the end of the court case, leading to the convictions of nine people who were ordered to pay the victim £624 in one of the first cases of its kind.

Evans’ case is currently being considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

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