NINE people today pleaded guilty to revealing online the identity of a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans.
The victim’s name was circulated on social network sites, including Twitter and Facebook, following Evans’s conviction at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.
Some of the defendants also launched abuse at the victim, calling her names like “money grabbing whore” and “poor little victim”.
They all claimed that they were not aware that naming her was a criminal offence.
The law gives the victims and alleged victims of rape and other sexual offences lifelong anonymity.
The defendants appeared at Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court charged with publishing material likely lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992.
Paul Devine, aged 26, of Buchanan Road, Parson Cross, Daniel Cardwell, 25, of White Lane, Chapeltown, and Shaun Littler, 22, of Ashbourne Road, Handsworth, all Sheffield, also pleaded guilty.
The other defendants are Benjamin Davies, 27, of Elwy Drive, Rhyl, Michael Ashton, 21, of Gwelfor Terrace, Llanddulas, Dominic Green, 23, of Oakwood Road, Rhyl, Craig MacDonald, 26, of Greenacres Caravan Park, Prestatyn, Holly Price, 25, of Derwent Close, Prestatyn, and Gemma Thomas, 18, of South Drive, Rhyl, all North Wales.
Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel room.
Evans admitted having sex with her, but the woman told the jury she had no memory of the incident - and the prosecution said she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.
He is due to appeal against the conviction at the Court of Appeal tomorrow.