Friday 23 March 2018

Footballer's conviction for rape probed by judges

Ched Evans
Ched Evans

Cathy Gordon and Jan Colley

Judges are to spend a second day scrutinising the safety of footballer Ched Evans's conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

The former Sheffield United striker and Welsh international was present at the Court of Appeal in London yesterday for the first day of the proceedings.

He sat in the packed courtroom with girlfriend Natasha Massey by his side.

Today, Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison will continue to hear submissions from Kieran Vaughan QC, for Evans, and from Eleanor Laws QC, for the Crown.

Evans, now 27, was convicted in April 2012. He was found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl.

He was released from prison in 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence.

His conviction has been referred to the Court of Appeal for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

Irish Independent

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