Two more people have been charged for allegedly posting Twitter messages identifying the victim in the rape case which led to the conviction of footballer Chedwyn (Ched) Evans. The number of defendants charged in relation to the matter now stands at four.
Jim Brisbane, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, said:
“We have now concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl and Michael Ashton, 21, from Llanddulas, with the offence of publishing a matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992. The Attorney General has granted consent to these prosecutions.
“Both men have been charged by North Wales Police and bailed to appear before Prestatyn Magistrates’ Court on the 5th November.
“We are continuing to complete our evidential reviews in respect of a number of people under investigation by North Wales Police.”
Details of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992 can be found at: http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/1992/34/contents