Saturday 10 December 2016

Footballer Ched Evans arrives hand-in-hand with fiancee for start of rape trial

Rod Minchin and Claire Hayhurst

Published 04/10/2016 | 10:01

Chesterfield F.C football player Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey to stand trial for rape on October 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales
Chesterfield F.C football player Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey to stand trial for rape on October 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales

Footballer Ched Evans arrived hand in hand at court with his fiancee to face trial accused of rape.

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The Wales striker, who plays for League One side Chesterfield, is accused of raping a woman in May 2011.

Chesterfield F.C football player Ched Evans (Centre) arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey to stand trial for rape on October 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales
Chesterfield F.C football player Ched Evans (Centre) arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey to stand trial for rape on October 4, 2016 in Cardiff, Wales

Evans walked into Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey and was photographed by a large number of photographers waiting outside.

His trial is expected to last two weeks and will be presided over by Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.

The former Manchester City and Sheffield United forward, who has made 13 appearances for Wales, denies the charge against him.

The 27-year-old entered a not guilty plea during a court hearing in May.

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