This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
The footballer convicted and jailed for raping a 19-year-old woman in 2012, Ched Evans, is having his case review by the top judges. Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison considered the safety of his conviction at a Court of Appeal hearing in London. The recommendations have come after an extensive 10-month long investigation by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) in possible miscarriages of justice.
CCRC chair, Richard Foster, mentioned in his decision to refer the case that “the decision of the commission is not a judgment on guilt or innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.” He explained that “our role is to consider applications to see if, in our judgment, there is any basis on which to ask the court to hear a fresh appeal – that is our statutory responsibility,” adding that “in this case we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which, in our view, might have assisted the defence.” He concluded that “in those circumstances, it is right and proper for the matter to be before the court so that they can decide whether or not the new information should affect the verdict in this case.”
The former Sheffield United striker and Welsh international, Evans, was convicted and sentenced at Caernarfon Crown Court in April 2012 of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl. The 27-year-old was freed in 2014 after serving half his five-year sentence. He previously lost an appeal brought in 2012.