Thursday 8 December 2016

Footballer Ched Evans' rape conviction under review after new evidence comes to light

Cathy Gordon and Jan Colley

Published 22/03/2016 | 13:01

Footballer Ched Evans outside the High Court, London, where his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman is to be reviewed by leading judges. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire
Footballer Ched Evans outside the High Court, London, where his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman is to be reviewed by leading judges. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Footballer Ched Evans's conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman is being reviewed by leading judges.

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The former Sheffield United striker and Welsh international is present at the Court of Appeal in London for the proceedings.

His case has been referred to the court by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

The CCRC announced last October that new evidence had emerged in the case.

The referral to appeal judges followed a 10-month investigation by the commission.

Evans was convicted in April 2012. He was found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl.

Evans, now 27, was released from prison in 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence.

Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison are considering the safety of his conviction.

They will hear submissions from Kieran Vaughan QC, for Evans, and from Eleanor Laws QC, for the Crown.

Details of the legal argument cannot currently be reported.

The case is expected to be heard over two days.

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