London - British footballer Ched Evans will face a retrial after his
conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman was quashed by the Court of
Appeal in London on Thursday.
The former Wales striker, 27, was
released from prison in October 2014 after serving half of a five-year
sentence for raping the woman in a hotel room in Rhyl, north Wales in
His conviction was overturned by three leading judges
following appeal proceedings last month. Details of the grounds of
appeal cannot be reported for legal reasons.
Judge Heather Hallett
said: "In summary, we have concluded that we must allow the appeal and
that it is in the interests of justice to order a retrial."
court declared: "The appellant will be retried on the allegation of
rape." A fresh indictment against Evans was ordered to be served within
Evans, whose former clubs include Manchester City and
Sheffield United, was in court to hear the verdict announced along with
his girlfriend, Natasha Massey.
After the ruling, Evans's lawyer
read a statement outside the court in which he said his client was
"extremely grateful" to the judges for quashing his conviction.
case was referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review
Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice
in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, after it unearthed new evidence.
his release, Evans saw an attempt to resurrect his career with English
third-tier club Oldham Athletic collapse amid a public outcry.
came through the youth ranks at Manchester City and spent time on loan
at Norwich City before joining Sheffield United in 2009. He has made 13
appearances for Wales, scoring once.
He has not played professional football since his release.