- 11 октября 2012, 21:05
Total of nine now charged with publishing material that led to identification of Ched Evans's victim
Five more people have been charged with revealing the identity of a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans on Facebook and Twitter, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
The total number of people charged over publishing material online that was likely to lead to identification of the victim now stands at nine.
Hollie Price, 25, from Prestatyn, Gemma Thomas, 18, from Rhyl, and Paul Devine, 26, Daniel Cardwell, 25, and Shaun Littler, 22, all from Sheffield, have been charged, the CPS said.
Jim Brisbane, chief crown prosecutor for CPS Cymru-Wales, said: "Further evidential reviews have led us to conclude that there is sufficient evidence to charge a further five people with the offence of publishing matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992.
"As with the previous charges in this matter, the attorney general has granted consent to these prosecutions.
"All five have been charged by North Wales Police and bailed to appear before Prestatyn magistrates' court on the 5 November.
"Reviews in respect of further suspects under investigation by North Wales Police are continuing."
Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl, and Michael Ashton, 21, from Llanddulas, North Wales, were charged on Wednesday with revealing information on Twitter that could lead to the complainant being identified.
Both have been bailed and will also appear at Prestatyn Magistrates' Court on 5 November.
Dominic Green, 23, from Rhyl, and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, from Broughton, were charged on Monday for allegedly publishing messages revealing the victim's identity on Facebook.
Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on 20 April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel room.
Following the trial, the victim was allegedly named and subjected to abuse on Twitter and other social networking websites.
More than a dozen arrests were made, with North Wales Police saying the alleged online comments were "profoundly disturbing" and contributed to the victim's "continued trauma".
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