Footballer Ched Evans loses court appeal

Footballer Ched Evans has lost a court appeal which challenged his rape conviction in April. The former Sheffield United and Wales 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.

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 Chief Justice Lord Judge

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

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Ched Evans's rape conviction

Nine people have each been ordered to pay a rape victim for revealing her name on social networks after footballer Ched Evans was convicted of raping her at Caernarfon Crown Court in April.