10 myths busted about the Ched Evans case

The Secret Barrister

Footballer Ched Evans was today acquitted after a retrial of one count of rape. The jury at Cardiff Crown Court returned a unanimous verdict of not guilty, Mr Evans’ solicitor read out a statement on his client’s behalf to the gawping media on the court steps in the time-honoured fashion and, within seconds, social media duly exploded with more speculation, myths, distortions and unjustified fury than one might suppose 140 characters could contain.

Ched Evans was a star player at Sheffield United.

The facts, as reported, can be briefly summarised: Ched Evans was originally tried with a co-defendant, and fellow footballer, Clayton McDonald, in April 2012. On 29 May 2011, Evans and McDonald had sex with the complainant, X, in a hotel room. McDonald had met X on a night out, taken her back to the hotel room, and had alerted Evans that he had “got a girl”. Evans duly arrived, made his way to the room and, seeing McDonald…

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  1. Feminists who are outraged about Evans being acquitted on retrial have failed to appreciate the implications of a guilty verdict. In actual fact, in view of the ‘new evidence’ which emerged, they have reason to sigh with relief at the acquittal. Had Evans been found guilty, the knowledge within the legal fraternity that two other men had had virtually identical encounters with the woman in question would oblige these men also to be prosecuted – and almost certainly therefore also found guilty. This would present to the world the obviously preposterous result that three different men, one before Evans and one after, had all, quite independently, perpetrated the same offence on the same woman, whilst the woman would have been regarded as an innocent victim in all three cases – having no responsibility for these events. Lightning, we are expected to believe, had struck this woman three times within a couple of weeks. This beggars belief, of course. Moreover, the acquittal of Clayton MacDonald, in contrast to the guilty verdict on the three other men, would also be a bald anomaly. This nonsensical outcome would almost certainly have led to a review of the law in this area. Whilst I would not wish a guilty verdict upon Mr Evans, it might have been the better result ultimately for everyone else. The contemplation of such an outcome may, in fact, have been behind the decision to allow the ‘new’ evidence’ to be put before the court.


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