Sheffield United star tells court he did not ‘force’ woman into sex

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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FOOTBALLER Ched Evans told a court he and a friend did not ‘force’ a woman they deny raping into having sex.

The Sheffield United striker and Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both aged 23, deny the alleged attack on the 19-year-old at a North Wales hotel in May last year.

Both men admit having sex with the woman but say it was consensual.

The woman told police she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution says she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Giving evidence at Caernarfon Crown Court today, Evans said he went back to the room to tell McDonald one of their friends had been arrested and to see if he knew the girl, as he was a “local lad”.

He saw McDonald having sex with the girl before McDonald ‘asked’ if his mate could ‘get involved’.

Evans said: “Then she looked at me and said yes.”

John Philpotts, prosecuting, asked Evans if he and McDonald “forced that young lady” into having sex.

He replied: “No.”

Evans, of Ashtree Gardens, Millhouse Green, Penistone, has repeatedly denied accusations that the girl was unconscious, semi-conscious or not in a state to consent to sex.

He said the first he heard about the accusations was in a text message from his mother in which she said police were “interrogating his little brother” about what had happened.

Evans said he had left the hotel room, which he had paid £99 for, and walked home because it had not been booked for him.

He also said he did not recognise the alleged victim from a bar earlier in the night when she was seen to fall over.

CCTV was played to the court of Evans appearing to look at the girl as she lay on the floor.

But he said he was ‘looking at her legs’ and not her face.

Evans said he could not remember making a call to McDonald after receiving his text about him ‘getting a bird’ and then also claimed he could not remember the taxi journey to the hotel.

He said he didn’t knock on the hotel room door because he had a key card and he ‘wasn’t to know what he (McDonald) was doing’.

Mr Philpotts replied: “I don’t want to be facetious but they would not have been playing Scrabble, would they? Did you really not know what they would be doing?”

Evans said: “No.”

He said that when McDonald left the room, he stopped having sex with the girl and started getting dressed.

Mr Philpotts asked: “Did she not say anything?”

He replied: “When she realised that I was starting to get dressed, she huffed...she pulled the quilt over herself.”

The trial continues.