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Woman's evidence in Ched Evans and Clayton McDonald rape trial

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Published: 12th Apr 2012 14:18:53

A court has heard how a woman told police she woke up naked and "confused" in a double bed after allegedly being raped by two footballers.

Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans, and Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, both 23, deny the attack at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, Denbighshire.

Caernarfon Crown Court was played video interviews in which the woman, 20, said she could not remember what happened and feared her drinks were spiked.

The trial continues.

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

The jury was shown two videos of police interviews in which the woman, who was 19 at the time of the alleged attack, described drinking four double vodkas and lemonade and a shot of Sambucca at Rhyl's Zu Bar in May 2011.

She told police: "I felt tipsy but not out of control.

"I usually drink more than that. I haven't blacked out before, not being able to remember anything."

The jury heard she denied taking drugs on the night of the alleged attack.

The woman said she did not remember leaving, but had a "vague recollection of being in a kebab shop".

She said she had tried to grab a piece of a man's pizza, adding: "It's just a blur. I just remember being there and eating a pizza."

The woman said she could not remember travelling to the Premier Inn at Rhuddlan, but woke up naked 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."

She added: "I just wanted to get out of the room and find out how I got there."

The jury previously heard how both Mr Evans, originally from St Asaph, Denbighshire, but now of Penistone, South Yorkshire, and Mr McDonald, of Crewe, Cheshire, accepted they had intercourse with the woman.

However, the prosecution allege she was in no fit state to consent.

The woman is due to be cross-examined by defence barristers later.

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