Footballer Ched Evans back in the dock in rape trial

Ched Evans
Ched Evans

Footballer Ched Evans is back in the dock today answering questions about a night he is alleged to have raped a woman in a hotel room.

Evans, aged 27, is accused of raping a woman in a Premier Inn near Rhyl on a night out in May 2011.

The prosecution case against him is that his alleged victim, who was 19, was too drunk to consent to sex, but Evans insists it was consensual.

Evans, who plays for Chesterfield now and was a Sheffield United striker at the time, is accused of raping the woman after she went to a hotel room with his friend and fellow footballer, Clayton McDonald.

When quizzed today by prosecutor Simon Medland QC on why he went into the room, when Evans 'must have known that Clayton was having some sort of intimate behaviour in that room', the footballer replied: “I wouldn’t have known until I got into the room.”

Yesterday he told jurors he went to the hotel to tell Mr McDonald that their friend had been arrested.

The prosecutor suggested that Evans could have called Mr McDonald instead of getting a taxi to the Premier Inn.

Evans said: “Looking back, I probably should have done that.”

The trial continues.