Sheffield United striker Ched Evans jailed five years for rape
Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been jailed for five years for raping a woman. (Sufc.co.uk)

Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has been jailed for five years for raping a 19-year-old woman while Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald was cleared.

Evans, 23, was found guilty of raping the 19-year-old who was 'too drunk to consent' to sex at a hotel following a night out in Rhyl, north Wales, last May.

Both Evans and Port Vale defender McDonald, also 23, had denied rape at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire. The men admitted having sex with the woman but said it was consensual.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, told police she has no memory of the incident and the prosecution says she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Caernarfon Crown court heard heard how McDonald had initially brought the woman back to the Premier Inn, having met her on a night out in Rhyl over the Bank Holiday weekend.

The woman told court she does not remember traveling to the hotel, but woke up in a double bed.

"My clothes were scattered around on the floor," she said.

"I just didn't know how I got there, if I had gone there with anyone. I was confused and dazed."

During During Evans' evidence, he told the jury he had gone to the hotel, let himself into McDonald's room and watched his friend and the woman having sex.

It was claimed McDonald asked if his friend could "get involved", to which the woman said yes.

The prosecution also claimed an 'associate' of the men, Jack Higgins, had watched and attempted to film the incident through a windowe on his mobile phone.

Evans, who moved to Bramall Lane from Manchester City in the summer of 2009, has scored 35 goals in 42 games for the League One club this season.