Ched Evans in new appeal against rape verdict

Ched Evans
Ched Evans

JAILED former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans is renewing his bid to overturn his rape conviction.

Lawyers for the striker, aged 23, will seek leave to appeal at the Court of Appeal in London on Tuesday.

If granted, the appeal case could be heard immediately afterwards.

Evans was convicted of rape by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court in April and jailed for five years.

He was found guilty of the sex attack against a 19-year-old woman at a Premier Inn hotel, in Rhyl, north Wales.

The Court of Appeal said: “The case on Tuesday, November 6, is a renewed application to seek leave to appeal and, if granted, it could be that the full appeal is dealt with on the day.

“The appeal is sought by Evans against both conviction and sentence.”

No details have been revealed of the grounds on which Evans, who scored 35 goals for Sheffield United last season before being jailed, is mounting the appeal.

A previous bid to seek leave to appeal by Evans’ legal representatives, Brabners Chaffe Street, was rejected in August.

The Liverpool-based law firm said in a statement: “We wish to confirm that Ched Evans continues to maintain his innocence in this matter and, as he is entitled to do so, he shall continue with his appeal to the full Court of Appeal where he believes that a comprehensive and objective analysis of the case will ultimately lead to his conviction being overturned.

“No further comment will be made whilst the appeal process continues.”

A Sheffield United spokesman said the club did not wish to comment about Evans’ appeal because he is no longer with the Blades.

The club would not comment on whether it would be interested in re-signing him is his conviction is quashed.

The National Rape Crisis Helpline is: 0808 802 9999.