BREAKING NEWS: Wales International Footballer Ched Evans Found Not Guilty Of Rape During Retrial

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Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape following a retrial. Footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty of rape following a two week retrial.

The Wales international and Chesterfield striker, who was accused, and previously convicted, of raping a teenager in 2011, wept and hugged his partner Natasha Massey following the verdict at Cardiff Crown Court.

Evans, 27, had admitted to having sex with the teenager in a hotel in Rhyl, north Wales, and cheating on his girlfriend in the process, but insisted it had been consensual. He had maintained his innocence from the outset – saying the woman had agreed to let him to ‘join in’ a 4am romp with a fellow footballer.

Football player Ched Evans arrives at Cardiff Crown Court with his fiancee Natasha Massey where he is standing trial for rape (Picture: Getty)
During his retrial, Evans told Cardiff Crown Court the woman was no drunker than him or Mr McDonald. High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told the jury of seven men and five women that the issue of consent was central to the case.

She said Evans should be found guilty if he did not reasonably believe the complainant, who cannot be named, was consenting. However, she told the jury that drunken consent was still consent – and if the jury believe that was the case than Evans is not guilty. ‘Your decision must be made calmly, objectively and without emotion,’ she said.

An artist’s impression of Ched Evans in court (Picture: Coleman/MB Media)
‘You are not here to judge the morals of any person in this case and this includes the complainant and the defendant. ‘You are to try this case on the evidence you hear in this court in this trial and nothing else.’

Jurors have been told that McDonald was acquitted of raping the woman during a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court in 2012. Evans was convicted of the charge at that trial. His conviction was later quashed by the Court of Appeal.

His retrial began at Cardiff Crown Court on October 4.


May 30, 2011 - Evans, then a Sheffield United striker, is arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, north Wales.
April 20, 2012 - He is convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.
May 30, 2012 - Evans is released by Sheffield United at the end of the football season.
November 6, 2012 - The Court of Appeal refuses him leave to appeal his conviction or reduce the length of his sentence.
Evans was playing for Sheffield United at the time of his arrest and subsequent trial
Evans was playing for Sheffield United at the time of his arrest and subsequent trial
October 17, 2014 - Evans is released from prison after serving half of his sentence.
November 11, 2014 - Sheffield United faces a public backlash after saying it would let him train with them, an offer it later withdrew. TV presenter and club patron Charlie Webster quits and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill demands her name be taken off the Bramall Lane stand in protest.
October 5, 2015 - Evans's case is referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Case Review Commission on the basis of new information after a 10-month investigation.
March 22, 2016 - The appeal hearing is held at the High Court in London.
April 21, 2016 - Evans wins appeal against conviction and is granted unconditional bail. A retrial of the case is ordered.
October 14, 2016: Footballer is cleared of rape at a retrial.

Credit: Metro & Daily Mail, UK

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