Is Ched Evans Innocent? This is the question on everybody’s lips right now..
There is much to be said both sides of the argument when it comes to discussing former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans’ conviction for raping a teenager in a Rhyl hotel room in the early hours of 30th May 2011.
Whilst the vocal minority that object to Ched Evans coming out of prison and lawfully returning to his profession have been dominating the media — behind the headlines however, there is now growing support for Evans, after damning evidence is now coming to light which appears to contradict the complainants version of events that led to Evans being sentenced to 5 years in prison for a crime which he still vehemently denies.
The fact that Evans has not openly apologised to the victim or showed any remorse, has been interpreted by many as an arrogant slap in the face to the victim which has only fuelled the ongoing backlash against him. A petition urging Sheffield United not to take the player back received 157,000 signatures, and high-profile sponsors threatened to withdraw their contracts should any club decide to re-sign the player.
Would the reaction to this case have been different had he not been a successful £20,000 a week footballer at the top of his game?
Whether you like it or not, we all love to hate a footballer, and Ched Evans was always going to be made a scapegoat for everyone to demonise during an era where footballers wages were sky-rocketing and performance on the pitch was at an all time low. It’s striking how the PC brigade are determined to hound a man who has since served his sentence with ever-increasing shrillness whilst at the same time maintaining a complete silence over the systematic abuse of young girls by Muslim gangs in most cities.
Jessica Ennis, the Olympic gold medallist asked Sheffield United to remove her name from a stand at the club’s ground if they offered convicted rapist Ched Evans a new contract and yet happily allowed her Santander photos to be plastered all over Rotherham after the widespread child sex abuses scandal was exposed? There is a palpable double standard when it comes to the selective outage being displayed by the public when cases like these are brought to their attention.
Yes, Ched Evans sounds a bit of a plonker and there is no getting away from the error in judgement and moral question marks over his conduct, but would he really risk everything just to opportunistically have drunken sex with a young girl in a seedy hotel room, when as he stated to the police during his initial questioning, “As a well known footballer, if he wanted to have sex with a girl, there were plenty of opportunities for him to do so?”
It’s important to note that the burden of proof in criminal law lies with the Prosecution and that in order to gain a conviction, the Prosecution must prove ‘beyond reasonable doubt’ that a crime was committed. It is not for the accused to prove his innocence. The whole basis of the prosecution was centred around the fact that the girl was intoxicated to a point where she was unable to make a conscious decision and therefore unable to give consent.
With this in mind, I find it highly surprising that someone can claim amnesia and have their lack of testimony so readily believed with very little scientific proof to be deemed sufficient enough to convict someone of such an abhorrent crime? If she does not remember what happened on the night, how can she be so sure that she was raped?
According to the official court transcripts — The woman, a 19-year-old waitress, said she had drunk two glasses of wine, four double vodkas with lemonade, and a shot of sambuca on the night in question, despite toxicology tests also showing that she had traces of cocaine and cannabis in her system, which she failed to disclose during the trail.
After losing her friends, she entered a local takeaway shop which she claims was the last time she “remembers anything”, alluding to the fact that her drink may have been “spiked” although there has never been any evidence to support this claim.
The CCTV of the night in question shows that the complainant was clearly intoxicated, but contradictory to her claims of being completely incapacitated, the footage clearly indicates that the she was capable of rational thought and decision-making just an hour before the alleged incident in the hotel room occurred, as it showed her;
- Squatting down and rummaging through her handbag and getting back up in high heels;
- Walking unaided; Holding a conversation with other people;
- Spurning the advances of another male;
- Helping herself to food from other people in the kebab shop;
- Ordering food; Paying with the correct coinage;
- Squatting in a doorway to urinate; Reacting to a car flashing its lights;
- Composing a coherent text message, correctly spelt and capitalised.
Shortly before 4am, McDonald wandered into the girls path where they had a short conversation and got into a taxi to a Premier Inn which Ched Evans had pre-booked for a friend who no longer needed it. Along the way to the hotel, McDonald sent a text to Evans saying, “I have got a bird” to which Evans and two friends made their way over to the hotel to join the pair who were already engaging in sexual intercourse.
Arriving at the hotel, Evans persuaded the night porter to give him a key card to the room occupied by McDonald and allegedly began raping the victim whilst the other two friends of Evans filmed the act through the windows of the hotel room.
According to Ched’s defence statement, he told the court that upon entering the room he watched them having sex for about “10/20 seconds” before McDonald asked if his friend could “get involved” to which the complainant “looked at me and said yes,” Evans said.
Shortly after, McDonald left the room and Evans continued having sex with the girl before he also stopped, got dressed and left the girl in bed “huffing” alone.
Let’s imagine this scenario for a second — Is it plausible that the girl would feel Insulted? Rejected? Humiliated? Or even deceived about being ditched by two high-profile footballers and left alone in a room after indulging in a debauched gang-bang ?
Is it beyond the bounds of reason, that a woman, brought to a hotel to have sex with one man, then consenting to have sex impulsively with another man, gets ditched by both, wakes up in the morning having wet the bed alone with no means of getting home, is incredibly angry and upset?
Would revenge be out of the question in such a state of abandonment? I know for a fact that in cases of false rape allegations, these kinds of events often precede the accusation.
It has been alleged that the girl in question had made false rape accusations against two men previously so would have been fully aware of the consequences socially of retracting her statement once the media picked up on the case and the story began snowballing.
Making a false rape allegation is the quickest and easiest way of gaining revenge on a man ever invented. Even if nothing is proven, they are banned for life from contacting the complainant and they are given the special privilege of complete anonymity — unlike Ched Evans whose name and image were quickly plastered all over the front pages of the newspapers and online. Frankly, it angers me that girls and women use the law and pseudo feminism to shirk the responsibilities they have to themselves and others by taking advantage of the system that is set up to protect them.
It’s important to note that the alleged victim never reported the crime of rape directly to the police nor ever had any intention to do so. It turns out that she had been persuaded to report her experience by a domestic violence officers whom, it emerged, told her that due to her lack of memory it ‘could be construed as rape’, the rest is history.
Ched Evans is currently in the process of rightfully appealing the verdict after more damning evidence has come to light — In particular a series of tweets from the victim she sent to her inner circle of friends about how she would spend when she ‘won big’ five months prior to Ched Evans conviction, presumably referring to the compensation she would be receiving from the now “disgraced” footballer
‘Remind me never to tell @XXXXXXX when I win big!….. She’s going to kill me! #scaredformylife! Haha!’
‘@XXXXXXX I will get us matching pink Mini Coopers! Haha! Just seen them pictures on Facebook, I forgot bout XXXXXXX! Haha! X’
‘@XXXXXXX I’ll make all your dreams come true XXXXXXX haha.’
‘@XXXXXXX aww,well obvs I’d treat us to an amazing holiday x’.
Supporters of the girl claim these tweets never existed, and it was only due to the hacking skills of a New York based fire fighter interested in the civil liberty aspect of the case who unearthed the only remaining copies in the cached copy of her account on a *French* Twitter server.
Whatever you think about the case — Ched Evans has paid a heavy price — He’s been convicted of rape without the least regard as far as I can see for the statutory tests and basic legal principles of law, and now find himself unemployable despite serving time for a crime which he still maintains is a gross miscarriage of justice.
I truly hope the court of appeal looks at the case and the evidence presented without being distracted by a baying mob of media and online commenters out for blood who had already made their minds up that he was guilty before trial; otherwise this will set a very dangerous precedent in law for men everywhere who find themselves being convicted of rape because of women who cannot recollect what they may or may have not have done.
It’s amazing that he was convicted on such evidence – actually it’s scary, really. If all it takes to get a five year sentence is one girl saying she can’t remember, then there are 1000s of people in Britain who have opened themselves up to being convicted of this awful crime.
Is Ched Evans Innocent? We think so