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Footballer Ched Evans found not guilty of raping teen in hotel after two-week retrial

Published 14/10/2016 | 14:40

Footballer Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Footballer Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with partner Natasha Massey Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Undated handout photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011.North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the fire exit Ched Evans used to leave the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, after he cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Undated handout photo of the fire exit Ched Evans used to leave the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, after he cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011.North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire

Footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape following a two week retrial.

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The Wales international and Chesterfield striker, who fought a five year battle to clear his name, wept and hugged his partner Natasha Massey following the verdict at Cardiff Crown Court.

Evans, 27, had admitted to having sex with the teenager in a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales, and cheating on his girlfriend in the process, but always insisted it had been consensual.

He had maintained his innocence from the very outset - saying the woman had invited him to "join in" a 4am romp with a fellow footballer.

Photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire

Defence counsel Judy Khan QC said Evans answered every single question during his police interviews and detectives would never have known about the sex session had it not been for the soccer star's honesty.

In a statement read outside Cardiff Crown Court Ched Evans said he was "overwhelmed with relief" following the not guilty verdict.

Inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the fire exit Ched Evans used to leave the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, after he cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the fire exit Ched Evans used to leave the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, after he cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire
Handout photo of the inside of Room 14 at the Premier Inn, near Rhyl, where footballer Ched Evans cheated on partner Natasha Massey with a teenager in 2011. North Wales Police/Crown Prosecution Service/PA Wire

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