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Ched Evans Wins Appeal Against Conviction For Raping 19-Year-Old Woman

The footballer must now face a fresh trial.

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Footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

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The 27-year-old was at the Court of Appeal in London on Thursday to learn his conviction in April 2012 had been quashed.

He must face a fresh trial, however, something the prosecution had said it would seek if the appeal ruling went in Evans' favour.

Evans, a former Wales international, was found guilty at Caernarfon crown court of raping the woman, then aged 19, at a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales.

Ched Evans and his partner, Natasha Massey.
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Ched Evans and his partner, Natasha Massey.

He was released by his club, Sheffield United, after the trial, and has been without a club since being released from prison in 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence.

His conviction was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

Lady Justice Hallett, sitting with Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison, said it was "in the interests of justice to order a retrial".

This is what Lady Justice Hallett told the court when ruling on Ched Evans appeal

The grounds for the appeal, evidence not available at the 2012 trial, cannot be reported on until the conclusion of the retrial.

"The identity of the complainant in this case must not be reported," Lady Justice Hallett added.

In a statement published on a website set up for the purposes of his appeal, Evans said he welcomed the court's decision, and thanked his family, friends, legal team, and "football supporters from around the country especially those of Sheffield United".

"Today’s decision and the whole process could not have been possible without the unconditional love, belief and support of Natasha and both families," the statement said. "However, there are no winners and no celebration."


Ched Evans was released by Sheffield United a month after his conviction at the end of the season. An earlier version of this story said the club sacked him.

Matthew Champion is a deputy world news editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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