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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
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.

Five more charged over naming of victim in Ched Evans rape case

Five more people were today charged with revealing online the identity of a woman, the footballer Ched Evans was convicted of raping, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

The total number of people charged over publishing matter online that was likely to lead to identification of the victim now stands at nine.

Footballer Ched Evans was jailed for five years after being convicted of rape
Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years after being convicted of rape Credit: North Wales Police

In April, former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room.

Evans admitted having sex with her, but the woman told the jury she had no memory of the incident - and the prosecution said she was too drunk to consent to sexual intercourse.

Two men charged over naming victim in footballer rape case

Two men have been charged with revealing the identity of a woman raped by footballer Ched Evans online.

Ched Evans
Ched Evans was jailed for five years for the rape of a 19-year-old. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Benjamin Davies, 27, from Rhyl, and Michael Ashton, 21, from Llanddulas, North Wales, are accused of publishing information on a social networking site that was likely to lead members of the public to identify the victim.

Four people have now been charged following the end of the footballer's trial. Both Davies and Ashton have been bailed to appear before Prestatyn Magistrates' Court on November 5.

Former Sheffield United and Wales striker Evans was jailed for five years at Caernarfon Crown Court on April 20 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhyl hotel room.

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What happened in naming of Ched Evans rape victim

  • Ex-Sheffield United and Wales striker Ched Evans was jailed for five years in April for raping a 19-year-old who was "too drunk to consent".
  • Evans admitted having sex with the woman, but she told the jury she had no memory of the incident.
  • He maintains his innocence and has appealed his conviction.
  • In the aftermath, the victim was allegedly named online and subjected to abuse.
  • The law ensures all victims of sexual abuse are protected by lifetime anonymity.
  • At least 17 people were arrested in connection with the allegations.
  • So far only Dominic Green and Alexandra Hewitt have been charged.

First charges over naming of rape victim in Ched Evans case

Dominic Green, 23, and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, have been charged after they allegedly posted messages online naming the victim in the rape trial of Welsh striker Ched Evans, the Crown Prosecution Service has announced.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Cymru-Wales, Jim Brisbane, said in a statement:

The Crown Prosecution Service has been working alongside North Wales Police as they have investigated a number of alleged offences committed online in the aftermath of the Ched Evans rape trial earlier this year.

We have completed reviews in relation to a number of the suspects under investigation.

We concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Dominic Green, 23, from Rhyl and Alexandra Hewitt, 24, from Broughton, with the offence of publishing a matter likely to lead members of the public to identify the complainant in a rape case, contrary to the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act, 1992.

In order to prosecute this offence we require the consent of the Attorney General. We have liaised with the Attorney General's Office and sent a submission to the Attorney General who granted consent to the prosecution.

Both have been charged by North Wales Police and bailed to appear before Prestatyn Magistrates' Court on the 5th November.

One further suspect (who is under the age of 18 and thus cannot be named) has been issued with a final warning by North Wales Police.

Evidence relating to a number of other suspects has been presented to us as part of this investigation and our evidential reviews are continuing.

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