Welsh Footballer Ched Evans Wins Appeal Against Rape Conviction

Ched Evans
Ched Evens scores the opening goal for Norwich City during the Coca-Cola Championship match between Ipswich Town and Norwich City at Portman Road, Ipswich, England, April 13, 2008. He spent two-and-a-half years in jail after he was convicted in 2012 of raping a woman in a hotel in north Wales. Jamie McDonald/Getty

Footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman and will now face a new trial.

Now 27, Evans spent two-and-a-half years in jail after he was convicted in 2012 of raping a woman in a hotel in north Wales.

But three appeal judges on Thursday quashed the conviction after fresh evidence emerged.

Details of the grounds of appeal cannot be reported for legal reasons.

Statement by Ched Evans' lawyer Shaun Draycott outside court pic.twitter.com/sdqPOuD2k1

— Dan Roan (@danroan) April 21, 2016

The former Sheffield United striker and Welsh international was present at the London court with his girlfriend, Natasha Massey.

Sitting at the Court of Appeal in central London, Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison heard submissions over two days from Kieran Vaughan QC, for Evans, and from Eleanor Laws QC, for the crown.

Evans's attempts to return to football after he was released from prison in October 2014 attracted controversy and despite being linked with several clubs, including a return to Sheffield United, he failed to do so.

This is what Lady Justice Hallett told the court when ruling on Ched Evans appeal pic.twitter.com/4QB0oKA7au

— Dan Roan (@danroan) April 21, 2016