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Ched Evans loses rape conviction appeal

Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has lost a challenge against his conviction for rape.

The striker had his case rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in London.

The 23-year-old was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room. Evans denied the offence but was found guilty by a jury at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping her at a hotel in North Wales in May last year.

Lord Judge, rejecting the conviction challenge by Evans, 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.

– Lord Judge

The judges also threw out a bid by Evans to have his sentence reduced.