A DETECTIVE has paid tribute to the courage of the victim a court found had been raped by footballer Ched Evans.
The 19-year-old had her life ‘shattered’ by the crime on May 30 2011, said Det Chf Insp Steve Williams, of North Wales Police.
He added: “Firstly, I would like to pay tribute to the courage of the victim in this case who has shown a great deal of resilience and strength in very difficult circumstances.
“I sincerely hope that the guilty verdict will provide some closure on this horrendous ordeal for the victim and that she will be able to rebuild her life which was shattered by the events.
“I would also like to thank the other witnesses who have come forward to assist North Wales Police in their investigation of this case.
“Without their continued co-operation, Evans may not have been brought to justice.
“No-one is above the law and I welcome the conviction which again demonstrates that North Wales Police in conjunction with our partners at the Crown Prosecution Service are absolutely committed to investigating all incidents of this nature fairly, professionally and robustly to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice.”
Nita Dowell, Senior Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: “Evans took advantage of a vulnerable young woman who was in no fit state to consent to sexual activity.
“It is a myth that being vulnerable through alcohol consumption means that a victim is somehow responsible for being raped. The law is clear - being vulnerable through drink or drugs does not imply consent.
“Rape is an extremely damaging offence, but it can also be one of the most difficult to prosecute.
“The Crown Prosecution Service, in partnership with the police and other agencies, is working hard to help dispel the myths and stereotypes that exist around the issue of rape.”