Footballer loses rape appeal

Welsh footballer Ched Evans has lost his Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction for rape. Evans also lost an appeal against his five-year jail sentence.

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Footballer in fresh appeal against rape conviction

Ched Evans has launched a new challenge against his conviction for rape and will have his case heard by three judges at the Court of Appeal.

The Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Mitting and Mr Justice Griffith Williams in London, will hear a renewed application by the former-footballer for leave to appeal against conviction.

Ched Evans launches a new appeal against his conviction for rape Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire

Evans lost the first stage of the appeal process in August when his application for leave was rejected by a single judge considering the case on the papers.

Submissions on his behalf will be presented to the full court today in a bid to have the conviction overturned.

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Ched Evans to appeal against rape conviction

Ched Evans was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old woman Credit: North Wales Police

Footballer Ched Evans launches a new challenge today against his conviction for rape.

The former Sheffield United and Wales striker will have his case heard 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.

It comes the day after nine people were found guilty of revealing the name of his victim.

Seven men and three women, aged between 18 and 27 from north Wales and Sheffield, have been accused of revealing the victim's identity.

The law grants victims and alleged victims of rape lifelong anonymity.

One of the women denied the charge and was granted bail until 21 January.

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