Ched Evans recently made an apology to his victim, albeit a half-hearted one.
“I wholeheartedly apologise for the effects that night in Rhyl has had on many people, not least the woman concerned”, he said. That comes over as “mistakes were made”, an often used “apology that avoids taking responsibility.
He went on to say “It has been claimed that those using social media in an abusive and vindictive way towards this woman are supporters of mine. I wish to make it clear that these people are not my supporters and I condemn their actions entirely.’
One of the people that Evans and his family are distancing themselves from, possibly on legal advice, is Ciaran Goggins, a serial pervert, troll and stalker who has boasted of being accused of rape himself, though the complainant didn’t pursue the case, and downloading child porn, but only for “research purposes”.
A spokesman for the website “Justice for Ched”, set up by Evans’ family, claimed that, though Goggins was a ‘vocal’ supporter of Evans’ claim of innocence, they had only ‘very recently’ become aware of his social media comments.
Which is odd, because Goggins was in regular contact with Evans’ mother, Helen Roberts, and they followed each other on Twitter, even over several Goggins personas as account after account was suspended. Surely, even if Roberts missed the offending tweets as he made them, the creation of so many accounts would have made her wonder what he was up to.