Port Vale star Clayton McDonald denies rape of stumbling drunk at hotel
PORT Vale player Clayton McDonald and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans raped a drunken teenager in a hotel room as two friends watched and filmed the incident, a jury heard.
The room had been booked and paid for by Evans hours earlier in the name of the Vale defender before a night out.
The jury at Caernarfon Crown Court heard McDonald late rang Evans to tell him he had 'got a girl' and was taking her back to the Premier Inn hotel, near Rhyl.
Prosecutor John Philpotts said McDonald, of Mary's Gate, Crewe, and Evans, of Ashtree Gardens, Millhouse Green, Penistone, have admitted to 'separately' having sex with the complainant in the room, but both deny rape.
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The jury was told yesterday that while the alleged attack happened, Jack Higgins, an associate of the footballers, and Ryan Roberts, Evans's brother, had watched through a window.
Video recordings found on Mr Higgins's phone showed that he had been filming or trying to the film the incident.
Mr Philpotts said the 19-year-old woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was too drunk to agree to sexual intercourse and that neither footballer could have reasonably believed that she was consenting.
The court heard the men, both aged 23, had spent the night of Sunday May 29, 2011, socialising with friends in the Welsh town.
In the early hours of the following day, McDonald, who has made 28 appearances for Vale since joining the club at the end of last season, got into a taxi which the complainant had flagged down and paid the driver to take them to the hotel.
The court was told the woman had been drinking wine, vodka with lemonade and had also had a shot of sambuca.
The jury heard that a receptionist at the hotel described the woman as being 'extremely drunk'.
She said she was stumbling, slurring and occasionally holding on to McDonald for support.
Mr Philpotts said: "McDonald had clearly seen the victim. He had witnessed her falling over in a kebab shop.
"He approached her taxi and got in and paid the fare to the Premier Inn. He was not drunk.
"During the journey he made a call on his mobile phone, which the prosecution say was to Evans, saying he had got a girl and was taking her back to the hotel.
"It is the prosecution's case that Evans had booked that room with the main or sole purpose of procuring a girl, or girls, for later that night.
"He and McDonald were on the lookout for any girl who was a suitable target and the claimant had literally stumbled across their path."
The jury heard that Evans arrived at the hotel in a taxi, around 10 minutes after McDonald, and asked for a key to the room.
Mr Philpotts said: "The prosecution say that the claimant did not truly consent to the activity and that she was in no fit state to consent.
"And we say that neither man reasonably believed she was consenting."
He told the jury that both men left the hotel shortly after and walked to Evans's home, leaving the complainant in the room on her own.
The police were called the following day and both men were arrested on May 31.
The trial continues.