Ched Evans found not guilty of raping teenager
Footballer Ched Evans has been found not guilty of raping a teenager.
The Wales international and Chesterfield striker, who fought a five year battle to clear his name, wept and hugged his partner Natasha Massey following the verdict at Cardiff Crown Court.
Earlier statement from Ched Evans following not guilty verdict at his retrial in Cardiff Crown Court. pic.twitter.com/jDKbEboMgk— Benjamin Wright (@benwrightjourno) October 14, 2016
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 always insisted it had been consensual.
He had maintained his innocence from the very outset - saying the woman had invited him to "join in" a 4am romp with a fellow footballer.
Defence counsel Judy Khan QC said Evans answered every single question during his police interviews and detectives would never have known about the sex session had it not been for the soccer star's honesty.
Mr Evans bowed his head as the jury foreman returned the verdict of not guilty.
It took the jury three hours to reach their not guilty verdict.
Claps could be heard from the public gallery following the acquittal.
Mrs Justice Nicola Davies told Mr Evans: "Mr Evans you are discharged and you can leave the dock."
He had been found guilty in April 2012 and served two-and-a-half years in prison. Earlier this year the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction and a re-trial ordered.
Belfast Telegraph Digital