Updated: Sunday, 19th October 2014 @ 8:20am

Rape trial: Former Manchester City youth academy player Ched Evans denies 'using' woman for his own 'gratification'

Rape trial: Former Manchester City youth academy player Ched Evans denies 'using' woman for his own 'gratification'

By Mancunian Matters staff

A former Manchester City youth footballer denied ‘using’ a woman for his own ‘gratification’, in court today.

Ched Evans, currently a Sheffield United and Wales striker, and Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both 23, deny raping a 19-year-old woman at a North Wales hotel in May last year.

The prosecution claim the woman was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse with the two men – both former Manchester City youth academy players.

John Philpotts, prosecuting, said: "She was simply a girl that you and your friend ... you just used her for your own gratification."

Evans, of Ashtree Gardens, Millhouse Green, Penistone, South Yorkshire, replied: “No, that's not right.”

He denied accusations that the woman was unconscious, semi-conscious or not in a state to consent to sex, and argued she was ‘in control’.

"She was not very drunk,” Evans said. “She had had a drink but she was not very drunk."

Yesterday McDonald, of Marys Gate, Crewe, Cheshire, said that following a night out with Evans he had met the woman in the street, where she asked to come back to his hotel.

Evans explained that at the time of the alleged incident he had been with his girlfriend for 18 months, and that he is still with her.

The trail continues at Caernarfon Crown Court.

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