Five more charged over former Sheffield United player Ched Evans’ rape case

Ched Evans
Ched Evans

THREE men from Sheffield have been charged with disclosing the identity of a woman raped by former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans.

The Crown Prosecution Service said five more people were charged on Wednesday, including the three from Sheffield, taking the total to nine.

Paul Devine, aged 26, 25-year-old Daniel Cardwell and Shaun Littler, 22, have been bailed to appear at Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court on Monday, November 5.

They were charged on the same day as Hollie Price, 25, from Prestatyn, and Gemma Thomas, 18, from Rhyl.

Earlier this week, Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl; 21-year-old Michael Ashton, from Llanddulas; Dominic Green, 23, from Rhyl and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, from Broughton, were also charged.

They are all accused of publishing material on social networking sites likely to result in members of the public identifying the rape victim, who is entitled to lifelong anonymity.

Jim Brisbane, chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service in Wales, said: “Further evidential reviews have led us to conclude there is sufficient evidence to charge a further five people with the offence of publishing a matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case.

“Reviews in respect of further suspects under investigation by North Wales Police are continuing.”

Evans, 23, of Millhouse Green, Penistone, was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel room.

The footballer admitted having sex with her, but the prosecution said she was too drunk to consent.

Following the trial, the victim was allegedly named and subjected to abuse on Twitter and other social networking websites.