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Footballer Ched Evans to find out rape appeal verdict

Footballer Ched Evans is appealing his 2012 conviction for rape. Credit: Martin Rickett / PA Wire/PA Images

Footballer Ched Evans is set to find out if he has won his appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Three Court of Appeal judges will give their decision today following proceedings last month, during which they heard submissions for two days related to fresh evidence.

If Evans, 27, wins his appeal, the prosecution has indicated that it will seek a retrial.

In April 2012, the footballer was convicted of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales.

His conviction was referred to the Court of Appeal for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

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Investigation into possible crime committed in identifying Ched Evans' victim

The Attorney General has asked prosecutors to examine whether any criminal offences were committed by those accused of revealing the identity of the victim in the Ched Evans rape case.

Evans was convicted of rape in 2012 and served half of his five-year prison sentence behind bars.

The Attorney General, Jeremy Wright QC MP has asked the Crown Prosecution Service to consider whether any criminal offences may have been committed in regards to identifying the victim in the Ched Evans case.

He has also asked the North Wales police to investigate whether some of the material served during the course of the proceedings has been dealt with properly.

If not, this may constitute a contempt of court.

– Spokeswoman for the Attorney General

Oldham owner: Signing rapist Evans would have been right thing

Oldham Athletic owner Simon Corney says the club would have been right to sign convicted rapist Ched Evans.

The League One outfit looked set to sign the Welsh striker, but pulled out of the deal after threats were made to club staff and family members, in addition to potential financial implications.

Simon Corney is backing his judgement. Credit: Granada

On the Evans issue, Corney told the Oldham Chronicle: “I’m completely over it. It came and it went, that was it. I was over here when it was all going on and it grew to be a lot bigger than I thought. But once the answer became a no, that was that.

"I still think the right thing would have been to take him, I really do. But in the end it wasn’t to be. We underestimated the attention and fury."

Corney also admitted he was looking to sell the Lancashire club.

“I’ve had enough and it’s no secret," Corney said. "I would like to find a buyer."

Oldham director Barry Owen resigns from club trust

Oldham athletic director Barry Owen has resigned from the club's trust.

In a statement posted on the club's website, he insisted it had nothing to do the criticism over Ched Evans, who they decided not to sign yesterday.

But he "deplored masses of abuse...which has been harmful to my family" after Oldham staff reportedly received threats over the deal.

The statement added: "I have always tried to be objective and work above that conduct. I only hope that my replacement is never in such a position."

He gave his reason for leaving after 12 years as growing commitments with the club and the Football Association.

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