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Ched Evans speaks in rape trial: I left hotel through emergency exit in case girlfriend rang

Ched Evans arrives at Caernafon Crown Court

Ched Evans arrives at Caernafon Crown Court

SHEFFIELD United striker Ched Evans, accused of raping a woman in a hotel, today denied “using” her for his own “gratification”.

Evans, 23, and Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, also 23, deny the alleged attack on the 19-year-old at a North Wales hotel in May last year.

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

John Philpotts, prosecuting, said: “She was simply a girl that you and your friend ... you just used her for your own gratification.”

“No, that’s not right,” said Evans, wearing a black suit, white shirt and tie.

Asked what condition the girl was in, he replied: “She was not very drunk. She had had a drink but she was not very drunk.”

He said she was “in control”.

Mr Philpotts accused Evans of leaving the hotel through an emergency exit, adding: “You left through that exit because you knew what you had done.”

“No,” Evans replied.

“And you didn’t want to be seen going through reception.”

“No,” Evans said again.

Mr Philpotts asked: “What was the hurry to leave?”

Evans said: “Because I didn’t want to be in the room in case my girlfriend rang me.”

Previously the court heard that Evans, whose mother lives in Rhyl, had invited McDonald and others for a bank holiday night out in the seaside town on May 29.

Because there was not enough space at Evans’s mother’s house, the Sheffield United star had booked McDonald into a Premier Inn hotel nearby where the alleged rape is said to have taken place.

The court heard that McDonald met the woman and took her back to the room to have sex with her.

He then sent a text to Evans to say he had “got a bird” and was joined by Evans shortly afterwards.

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

Evans told the court that he wanted to go back to the room and tell McDonald that one of their friends had been arrested and to see if he knew the girl, as he was a “local lad”.

He admitted “deceiving” the receptionist to get the key card to the room and then letting himself in and seeing McDonald having sex with the girl.

He said they realised he was there when the door “made a clunking noise” behind him.

Evans told the court he watched them having sex for about “10/20 seconds” and then McDonald “asked” if his mate could “get involved”.

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

The footballer then said he carried on watching “for a minute or two” before McDonald got up to close the bedroom curtains, as there was “giggling” coming from the window, where Evans’ brother and a friend were trying to watch from.

Evans said that when McDonald got up the girl asked him to perform oral sex on her, which he did.

He said: “I performed oral sex on her for maybe two or three minutes and then she turned over on all fours and then asked to be f***** basically”.

He said the girl asked him to “f*** her harder”.

“They were the words she was using,” he said.

Evans then said they changed position so he was facing her while McDonald “watched for a bit” before leaving.

“As he left the room we stopped having sex,” Evans told the jury.

Mr Philpotts then asked Evans if he and McDonald “forced that young lady” into having sex.

He replied: “No.”

“Was she conscious?”

“Yes,” he said.

Evans said the first he heard about the accusations was a text message from his mother on the following Tuesday which he received while seeing a physiotherapist in Sheffield.

He said the text talked about the police “interrogating his little brother” about what had happened at the Premier Inn.

He said he told his mother “what had happened” and then went to his girlfriend’s house because he was “thinking the worst”.

Mr Philpotts said: “Why were you thinking the worst?”

Evans said: “Because CID were interrogating my younger brother.”

Mr Philpotts asked: “But what could you possibly have to worry about?”

Evans replied: “Nothing.”

Mr Philpotts then asked the footballer why he chose to leave the hotel room which he had paid £99 for and walk home.

Evans said it was because the room had not been booked for him.

He said it was “never his intention” to go and “get a girl” that night.

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.

He 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 - a taxi he shared with his brother and a friend.

Mr Philpotts then asked Evans why he did not knock on the hotel door if he knew his friend was in there with a girl.

Evans said: “Because I had a key card. I wasn’t to know what he 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.”

Mr Philpotts said: “This woman was semi-conscious, Mr Evans, wasn’t she?”

He replied: “No.”

Yesterday McDonald, of Marys Gate, Crewe, Cheshire, said he met the complainant in the street following a night out with childhood friend Evans.

After visiting a number of bars, the group ended up at a takeaway where there was a disturbance and McDonald, who described himself as “a little bit drunk”, decided to head for a taxi back to his hotel.

He said he met the girl in the street and she asked to come back to his hotel.

He told the court he did not force her to do anything and she was awake throughout the sexual activity and was requesting he perform a sex act.

The jury was earlier told that, as the incident took place, Jack Higgins, an “associate” of the footballers, and Ryan Roberts, Evans’s brother, watched through a window.

Video recordings found on Mr Higgins’s phone showed he had been filming or trying to film the incident.

McDonald, wearing a blue suit, white shirt and grey tie, told the jury he met Evans when they were aged about 10 and part of the Manchester City youth academy.

Evans told the jury he has 13 caps for Wales and has scored 35 goals as a centre forward for Sheffield United this season.

He also explained that at the time of the alleged attack he had been seeing his girlfriend for around 18 months and was still with her now.

 

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