Jury starts deliberations in Ched Evans retrial

Jury starts deliberations in Ched Evans retrial

Ched Evans and his fiancee Natasha Massey arriving in court for his retrail

Friday, October 14, 2016

Jurors have started their deliberations in the rape retrial of footballer Ched Evans.

The 27-year-old Wales international is accused of raping a teenager at a Premier lnn near Rhyl in North Wales in the early hours of the 30th of May in 2011.

Chesterfield striker Evans said during the trial he'd entered the room where fellow footballer Clayton McDonald was having sex with the woman. Evans claims McDonald asked the woman whether he could join in, to which she looked up at him and replied: "Yes."

The footballer insists the sex with the woman was consensual, before he left via a fire exit door after realising he was cheating on his girlfriend. 

Prosecutors allege the complainant was too drunk to consent to sexual activity. During his retrial, Evans told Cardiff Crown Court the woman was no drunker than him or McDonald.

High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told the jury of seven men and five women that the issue of consent was central to the case.

She made it clear Evans should be found guilty if he did not reasonably believe the complainant, who cannot be named, was consenting. She also told jurors that drunken consent was still consent - and if the jury believe that was the case, Evans is not guilty.

She said: "Your decision must be made calmly, objectively and without emotion.

"You are not here to judge the morals of any person in this case and this includes the complainant and the defendant.

"You are to try this case on the evidence you hear in this court in this trial and nothing else."