Cousin of Wales footballer Ched Evans speaks of regret at naming rape victim on Twitter
THE cousin of Welsh footballer Ched Evans is reported as saying she regrets naming the woman he raped on social network site Twitter.
Gemma Thomas, 18, wrote a message which included the victim's name on the site.
She was one of nine people who admitted the offence and was ordered to pay compensation.
In an interview on BBC Radio Five Live, she said: "I definitely do apologise.
"I believe that rape is the worst thing that can happen to somebody."
Under UK law rape victims are entitled to lifetime anonymity.
But Thomas said she did not know it was against the law to name victims of such a crime.
She added: "Before now I never thought you could get arrested for writing something.
"I completely regret writing it now."
But she would not apologise to Evans's victim because she believed he was innocent.
Former footballer Evans, originally from Rhyl, was convicted in April of the rape of a 19-year-old at a Premier Inn in Denbighshire.
Last month three judges at the Court of Appeal refused to give leave to appeal by the former Wales star.