Sheffield United star accused of raping drunk teenager - VIDEO

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SHEFFIELD United footballer Ched Evans and a former Chesterfield player ‘procured’ a drunk teenage girl - and raped her as two of their friends watched and filmed, a court heard.

The Blades striker and former Spireite Clayton McDonald, both aged 23, deny the attack which is alleged to have taken place at a Welsh hotel last May.

Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans (centre) arrives at Caernafon Crown Court  where he will stand trial today accused of raping a woman at a hotel. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 11, 2012. See PA story COURTS Footballers. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans (centre) arrives at Caernafon Crown Court where he will stand trial today accused of raping a woman at a hotel. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday April 11, 2012. See PA story COURTS Footballers. Photo credit should read: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

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John Philpotts, prosecuting, told Caernarfon Crown Court that Welsh international Evans, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, and Port Vale defender McDonald admitted having sex with the complainant.

But he said the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to be able to consent to sexual intercourse.

Mr Philpotts said that while the attack happened at a Premier Inn near Rhyl in North Wales, Evans’ brother Ryan Roberts, and Jack Higgins, an ‘associate’ of the footballers, watched through a window.

And video recordings found on Mr Higgins’ phone showed he had been filming or trying to film it.

Evans, who has scored 34 goals for the Blades this season, is a graduate of the Manchester City youth academy, where he played alongside Port Vale defender McDonald, who lives in Crewe, Cheshire.

Evans joined the Blades for £3 million from City in 2009 and has made more than 100 appearances for the club. He has also been capped 13 times by Wales.

McDonald made two appearances for Chesterfield in 2009 on loan from City, before joining Walsall and then, last year, Vale.

The court heard the pair spent the night of Sunday, May 29, last year socialising with friends in Rhyl.

In the early hours of Monday, May 30, McDonald got into a taxi the complainant had flagged down.

He then took the woman, whom he had seen fall over in a kebab shop, to the Premier Inn as he called someone on his phone to say he had ‘got a girl’.

The complainant had been drinking wine and vodka with lemonade and had also had a sambuca shot.

A receptionist at the hotel described the woman, who was 19 at the time and worked in a restaurant, as ‘extremely drunk’, and said she was ‘stumbling’ and ‘slurring’ and occasionally grabbing hold of McDonald to steady herself.

Shortly after McDonald and the complainant arrived at the hotel, Evans came in to the reception and asked for the keys to a room.

Two men, who the prosecution say were Jack Higgins and Ryan Roberts, waited outside.

Mr Philpotts said: “Evans had booked that room with the main or sole purpose of procuring a girl or girls that night.

“He and McDonald were on the lookout for any girl who was a suitable target - and the claimant literally stumbled across their path.”

After Evans went into the hotel, the receptionist decided to check what was happening in the room.

Mr Philpotts said: “It was not difficult to guess.”

The receptionist said he saw the two men, who were outside the room, watching what was happening through the window.

Evans and McDonald subsequently admitted to police they ‘separately’ had sex with the claimant in the room.

Mr Philpotts said: “The prosecution say she did not truly consent to that activity. She was in no fit state to consent. And we say that neither man reasonably believed she was consenting.”

The trial continues.