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Ched Evans faces retrial after winning appeal against rape conviction

Footballer Ched Evans has won an appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Three Court of Appeal judges gave their decision on Thursday following appeal proceedings last month.

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

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.

At the conclusion of the proceedings they reserved their judgment.

Evans, now 27, was convicted in April 2012 and sentenced to five years in prison after he was found guilty at Caernarfon Crown Court of raping the woman at a hotel in Rhyl, North Wales.

He was released in 2014 having spent two-and-a-half years in jail.

His conviction was referred to the Court of Appeal for review by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice.

An order made by the three judges at the start of the appeal remains in place and prevents reporting of the details of the legal argument relating to fresh evidence in the case.

Ahead of the ruling the prosecution had said it would seek an immediate retrial if Evans won his appeal.

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