Woman hysterical hours after rape, Ched Evans trial told
A woman arrived at a friend's house in a hysterical state hours after allegedly being raped by footballer Ched Evans, a court has heard.
Cardiff Crown Court heard the complainant woke up naked and confused in a room at the Premier Inn in Rhyl which had been paid for by the Wales striker.
Jurors have been told "sex noises" were heard coming from inside Room 14 - and that Evans had arrived at the hotel 15 minutes after his friend and the woman turned up together.
Evans, whose original conviction was quashed before a retrial ordered, denies raping the woman and insists the sex they had was consensual.
On the third day of the case, jurors heard the complainant arrived at friend's around an hour after waking up alone on May 30 before banging on the door loudly.
The witness, who cannot be named, told police in a statement: "When I opened the door she was crying hysterically. She was sobbing, trying to catch her breath and I gave her a hug to calm her down.
"When she calmed down, she told me that she had woken up in the Premier Inn naked and had no idea how she had got there."
The court heard that the alleged offence took place in the early hours of May 30 2011.
The night before, Evans had paid £92 for a room under the name of Clayton McDonald - a friend with whom he later went "out on the town".
The complainant was also out that night, and told police she had drunk two large 250ml glasses of wine beforehand. She also said she later bought four double vodka and lemonades as well as a shot of sambuca while in a nightclub in Rhyl.
In her evidence on Wednesday, the woman said she feared someone had spiked her drink while in the club because she did not think she had drunk excessively.
The prosecution have said there was no suggestion that either Evans or Mr McDonald spiked the woman's drink - if that was indeed what had happened.
Tests on the woman later showed traces of cocaine and cannabis in her system. She admitted using both drugs, but insisted she had not done so recently.
The jury has also been shown CCTV footage of the woman leaving the club and going to the Godfather takeaway before getting a taxi with Mr McDonald to the Premier Inn.
Jurors heard the police statement of takeaway owner Sohail Aslam, who described the woman as being drunk and "falling over" when she came in at 3.10am.
That account was also echoed by taxi driver Lee Jones, who had driven the woman and Mr McDonald to the budget hotel.
Mr Jones, who worked for Rhyl-based firm Coastline Taxis at the time, said: "I think she was drunk, yes."
He said the woman sat in the front, eating a pizza, while a male - later identified as Mr McDonald - was in the back using his phone.
Prosecuting counsel Simon Medland QC asked the witness whether he had heard the male say anything while on the phone.
Mr Jones replied: "I think he said he was with a girl and that he was going back to the Premier Inn."
The taxi driver agreed with Mr Medland that in his original police statement he told officers that Mr McDonald had used a "slang" word to the person on the phone, which he understood to mean "girl".
And Mr Jones said that, while it was the girl who had flagged down the cab, it was Mr McDonald who had asked for them to be taken to the Premier Inn.
At around 4.10am, the taxi pulled up at the hotel and the woman and Mr McDonald got out together.
Hotel night receptionist Gavin Burrough described the woman as being extremely drunk.
He told the jury: "She was unsteady on her feet.
"Her eyes were glazed over and she had a vacant expression on her face. She didn't seem to realise I was there. She seemed to look straight through me.
"I did ask if she was OK. Did I get a reply? No."
After retrieving a pizza box from outside the hotel, the woman and Mr McDonald walked off towards the room - without asking for a key from reception.
Around 15 minutes later, the court heard, Evans arrived in a taxi with two other men.
Mr Burrough said the defendant, whom he did not know at the time, came up to the reception desk and asked for a key.
However, questions were asked because the room had been booked in the name of Clayton McDonald.
Mr Burrough said: "He (Evans) said the room had originally been booked for his friend but his friend no longer needed the room and he would use it instead."
After Evans gave his address - which matched the details on the hotel's computer - and produced his driving licence as proof of his identity, a key for Room 14 was issued.
However, the witness said he was "concerned" that the other two men in the taxi outside may have been in the room too - which was against company rules.
Mr Burrough said he then went to check on Room 14 and, from the corridor, heard a man's voice say "Are you going to suck this cock or what?"
The witness said the woman did not reply and a male voice said "No?"
Mr Burrough said he then returned to reception and saw Mr McDonald about 15 minutes later asking for the number of a taxi.
The receptionist also said he had seen the two men from the taxi outside "standing close" to Room 14's window and appearing to look inside.
During cross-examination by defence counsel Judy Khan QC, Mr Burrough was asked about the statement he had given to police.
He agreed that he told officers the woman had said to Mr McDonald when entering the hotel: "You are not going to leave me here, are you?"
Mr Burrough also agreed with Miss Khan that the hotel's CCTV footage showed the woman picking up a pizza box from the floor while wearing "very high platform shoes".