Ched Evans - two charged over naming of former Sheffield United player’s rape victim

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A MAN and woman are to appear in court next month after a probe into the internet naming of the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

Dominic Green, aged 23, from Rhyl, and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, from Broughton, are both charged with the offence of publishing a matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case.

The Sheffield United and Wales striker, aged 23, was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court after being found guilty by a jury of raping a drunken 19-year-old woman in an hotel room while another player was cleared.

He maintains his innocence.

Following his conviction his victim, whose identity is protected by law, was allegedly named on Twitter.

Jim Brisbane, chief crown prosecutor for Wales, said: The Crown Prosecution Service has been working alongside North Wales Police as they have investigated a number of alleged offences committed online in the aftermath of the Ched Evans rape trial earlier this year.

“We have completed reviews in relation to a number of the suspects under investigation. We concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992.

“In order to prosecute this offence we require the consent of the Attorney General. We have liaised with the Attorney General’s office and sent a submission to the Attorney General who granted consent to the prosecution.”

The accused have been bailed to appear before Prestatyn magistrates’ court on November 5.

He added: “One further suspect who is under the age of 18 and can’t be named has been issued with a final warning by North Wales Police.

“Evidence relating to a number of other suspects has been presented to us as part of this investigation and our evidential reviews are continuing.”