Ched Evans: How rape case unfolded against ex-Wales international footballer
International footballer Ched Evans has won a five-year fight to clear his name after he was found not guilty of raping a 19-year-old woman. This is how events in the case unfolded:
:: May 30 2011 - Evans and his friend, footballer Clayton McDonald, have sex with a woman at a Premier Inn, near Rhyl, North Wales.
:: May 31 - Evans, then a Sheffield United striker, and McDonald, who was playing for Port Vale, are both arrested. They are later charged.
:: April 20 2012 - Evans is convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court. Co-accused McDonald is found not guilty.
:: May 30 - Evans, who has been capped 13 times by Wales, is released by Sheffield United at the end of the football season.
:: November 6 - The Court of Appeal refuses him leave to appeal his conviction or reduce the length of his sentence.
:: October 17 2014 - Evans is released from prison after serving half of his sentence.
:: November 11 - 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.
:: January 8 2015 - Oldham Athletic pulls out of a deal to sign Evans following another public backlash.
:: October 5 - 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 - Evans wins appeal against conviction and is granted unconditional bail. The footballer faces a re-trial at Cardiff Crown Court before Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.
:: May 27 - Evans pleads not guilty to a single charge of rape.
:: June 20 - The footballer signs a one year contract with League One side Chesterfield FC.
:: July 23 - He scores in his first game in four years during a 3-0 pre-season friendly win for his new club against Ilkeston.
:: October 4 - Evans's rape retrial begins at Cardiff Crown Court.
:: October 14 - The footballer is cleared after a two-week retrial. The jury deliberated for three hours.
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