Ched Evans: Nine charged for naming footballer’s rape victim on Facebook and Twitter
BACK in April, the ex-Sheffield United striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel. A group of people thought it an idea to name the victim on Facebook and Twitter. There is no sign that the victim wanted this. She was not making a stand. The five – Hollie Price, 25, from Prestatyn, Gemma Thomas, 18, from Rhyl, and Paul Devine, 26, Daniel Cardwell, 25, and Shaun Littler, 22, all from Sheffield – did it for Ched.
In all nine people have been arrested for revealing information about he rape victim on social networks. The other four are:
Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl, and Michael Ashton, 21, from Llanddulas, North Wales, Dominic Green, 23, from Rhyl, and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, from Broughton.
Jim Brisbane, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, tells media:
“Further evidential reviews have led us to conclude that there is sufficient evidence to charge a further five people with the offence of publishing matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992. As with the previous charges in this matter, the attorney general has granted consent to these prosecutions. All five have been charged by North Wales Police and bailed to appear before Prestatyn magistrates’ court on the 5 November. Reviews in respect of further suspects under investigation by North Wales Police are continuing.”
Recently, Matthew Wood, Liam Stacey, Jordan Blackshaw, Perry Sutcliffe-Keenan, Azhar Ahmed but not Frankie Boyle nor the people who wanted Emma West raped, have been jailed for things they said on Facebook and Twitter.
We will watch with interest…