Evans’ rape appeal is rejected

Ched Evans.
Ched Evans.
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FORMER Sheffield United striker Ched Evans this week lost a second challenge against his conviction for rape.

His case was rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London. They also threw out a bid by Evans to have his sentence reduced.

Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge said: “We can see no possible basis which would justify us interfering with the verdict of the jury, which heard all the evidence and reflected on it after careful summing up by the judge.”

Evans, 23, was jailed for five years in April after a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court found him guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in North Wales in May last year.

Tuesday’s ruling came the day after nine people, including three men from Sheffield, were convicted of revealing the identity of Evans’ victim on social network sites. They were each ordered to pay the teenager £624 in compensation.