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Ched Evans: The witch-hunt continues

by | 15th, October 2016

Former Sheffield untied footballer Ched Evans is innocent. You might not like him. You might think him a scumbag, a low-life or hard done by. But one thing he is not is a rapist. A conviction for rape was quashed on appeal. A retrial found him not guilty. End of. What might have been a typical night out has damaged lives.

So how do you report on the Evan’s acquittal?

The Star goes for his apology and crying.

 

Ched Evans sobs

 

The Sun goes for his balls.

Ched Evans innocent the sun

 

An innocent man one guilty of committing no crime is branded “GUILTY” on the front page.

Is this part of a ploy to woo the woman Evans was accused of raping? She is now able to sell her story. The Sun would surely buy it.

The paper follows an attack on him with another story about idiots on Twitter who rush to judgement.

‘A DIRTY LITTLE B****’ Ched Evans’ supporters troll his accuser as footballer is found not guilty of rape

THE teen waitress who accused Ched Evans of raping her in a hotel room has been viciously trolled on Twitter in the wake of his not guilty verdict. The woman – who cannot be named – was subjected to a barrage of online abuse after Evans was sensationally cleared of rape this afternoon.

Her life has been damaged. She has a new identity and has “moved far from her North Wales home”. Do not name her. It is a criminal offence to do so.

The  Sun picks out a few quotes from bleeding hearts in the Twitter mob who want the woman to suffer more.

One wrote: “Hope the stupid s*** who is guilty for getting for getting Ched Evans sent to prison and ruining his life gets named and shamed for life ruined.” Another added: “Poor Ched Evans. The girl who accused him of rape should be locked up. She basically ended his career that piece of s**t.”

The case against Evans was approved by Crown Prosecution Service. Their task was to prove guilt beyond any reasonable doubt. They failed.

In the Daily Mirror , Alison Phillips writes : “What woman in her right mind would go to the police this morning if she were raped last night after too much to drink? I wouldn’t.”

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS Wales Ed Beltrami says:

“We respect the decision of the jury today. This case hinged on the issue of sexual consent – that someone consents if they agree by choice and have the freedom and capacity to make that choice. Being drunk does not mean a person relinquishes their right to consent, that they are to blame for being attacked or that they were ‘fair game’.”

The trial judge words should be noted. Ms Justice Nicola Davies instructed the jury:

“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.”

She directed the jurors to consider three questions:

Question 1:

Are you sure that when the defendant intentionally penetrated the vagina of the complainant she did not consent to it? If you are sure that she did not consent, go to question two. If you conclude that she did consent or may have consented your verdict is NOT GUILTY.

Question 2:

Are you sure that the defendant did NOT genuinely believe that the complainant consented? If you are sure that the defendant did not believe the complainant was consenting, your verdict

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