Ched Evans found not guilty of rape

In 2011 Ched Evans a Welsh footballer playing for League one Club, Chesterfield  was accused of raping a 19- year old woman but today, Friday, 14 October 2016, he has been found innocent. The jury took around three hours to reach their verdict in the retrial, which came after an original guilty verdict four years ago was quashed by the Court of Appeal.

ched-evans-evans-court-ched-evans-court_3800751The 27-year-old Chesterfield striker had always denied raping the 19-year-old waitress at a hotel near Rhyl in North Wales five years ago.

In a statement read outside court on his behalf by his solicitor Shaun Draycott, Mr Evans said he was “overwhelmed with relief” by the verdict.

His statement read: “In the early hours of 30th May 2011, an incident occurred in north Wales that was to change my life and the lives of others forever.

Sky News sports correspondent Paul Kelso was in court when Mr Evans heard the verdict and described his reaction as “emotional”.

He added: “As he was released from the dock, he was already in tears and he embraced his girlfriend.

“The two of them embraced and sobbed.”

Chris Turner, chief executive of Sky Bet League One club Chesterfield, for whom Evans plays, welcomed the news, saying: “We are naturally delighted with the outcome, especially for Ched, his family and friends. We can now all move forward and focus on football.”

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