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Ched Evans returns to Sheffield United

Back with the Blades Credit: PA

Sheffield United have re-signed striker Ched Evans from Chesterfield on a three-year deal, the Blades have announced.

Evans was released by United in the summer of 2012 after he was found guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison.That conviction was quashed and at a retrial last year, Evans was found not not guilty

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Ched Evans appears at court for rape review

Arriving at court Credit: ITV News Ailsa Chalk

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has appeared in court today - surrounded by a media scrum - for a review of his rape conviction.

Evans, who is 27, was released from prison in 2014 after serving half of his five-year sentence for raping a 19-year-old woman.

His case has been referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission, which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

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Date set for Ched Evans rape conviction appeal

Ched Evans set to appeal conviction Credit: PA

Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans is to have his appeal against his rape conviction heard in court later this month.

His case has been listed to take place at the Court of Appeal in London on March 22nd.

In October last year, the Criminal Cases Review Commission referred his case to the Court of Appeal on the basis of new information not raised at his trial which the body said raised ‘a real possibility that the Court of Appeal may now quash the conviction’.

The Court of Appeal will now decide whether to uphold or overturn the conviction or order a retrial. Evans was convicted in 2012 of rape and was released last year halfway through a five-year jail term.

A 49-page document setting out the reasons for the decision has been sent to Evans’ legal team, along with the Court of Appeal and the Crown Prosecution Service. But the document has not been made public.

Following his release from prison, Evans has made several attempts to restart his professional career. But potential moves to clubs including Sheffield United and Oldham have fallen through following public outcry.

Ched Evans appeal decision delayed

Ched Evans Credit: PA

More investigation is needed before a decision is made on Ched Evans' appeal against his rape conviction.

The Criminal Cases Review Commission met yesterday to consider the former Sheffield United and Wales striker's appeal - Evans was convicted in 2012 of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old in a hotel in Wales. Today the Commission revealed further investigation was needed, before they meet again to make a final decision. No date has been set for that meeting.

Probe into naming of Evans victim

Jeremy Wright QC has also asked North Wales police to look into whether material served during the court case in 2012 has been dealt with "properly".

Footballer Evans was released from prison last year after serving two-and-a-half years for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a hotel, but continues to protest his innocence.

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. Given that there is now the possibility of proceedings being brought, it is very important that there is no comment in the media which might jeopardise either the investigation or any subsequent proceedings.

– spokeswoman for the Attorney General
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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
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