Dad tells Ched Evans to stop appeal

Footballer Ched Evans. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
Footballer Ched Evans. Photo: Martin Rickett/PA Wire
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The father of the woman raped by Ched Evans has called for the footballer to stop trying to clear his name as the campaign is ‘destroying’ her.

The dad said he decided to speak out after the former Sheffield United player was released from prison and appeared in a video where he referred to the rape only as an ‘act of infidelity’ to girlfriend Natasha Massey, who has stood by him.

The dad said: “Evans needs to apologise to my daughter rather than to his girlfriend.

“He’s shown no remorse and, every time he makes some fresh appeal or comment, he draws attention to my daughter and risks her being identified.”

He said people are trying to track down his daughter, who cannot be named for legal reasons, and she has received death threats.

She has been forced to leave her family and change her name three times since the footballer was convicted of rape in April 2012.

Her father added: “She’s having to go from one place to another. There are only so many times you can keep changing your name. What kind of animal is he to sit in that video and keep destroying her?

“She feels hunted, and I know sooner or later she will break. She is living the life of a prisoner.”

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Ched Evans’ appeal against his conviction, after he served two-and-a-half years in jail, has been given the ‘highest priority’ by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

But the father said: “It is an insult to my daughter and all rape victims out there. If you do the crime, you should do the time.

“Two-and-a-half years is very lenient and he shouldn’t be allowed to go back to his career as though nothing has happened.”

Fellow footballer Clayton McDonald, who was cleared of rape after being tried alongside Evans, says his football career has been ruined despite acquittal. He faces a regular job or turning to benefits and is playing in non-league .

He said: “Mud sticks and I’ve found it difficult for a club to take me on.”