Footballer Ched Evans’s conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman has been referred to the Court of Appeal, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) has said.
Evans, 26, was released from prison last year after serving half of his five-year term for raping a woman in a hotel in Rhyl in April 2012.
The former Sheffield United and Wales footballer always maintained his innocence but attempts to restart his career with Oldham Athletic and his former club failed after a public outcry.
The CCRC said the referral has been made on the basis of new information not raised at trial which it believes could have added support to Evans’s defence.
There is “a real possibility that the Court of Appeal may now quash the conviction”.
Commission chair Richard Foster said: “The decision of the commission is not a judgment on guilt or innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.
“In this case, we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which, in our view, might have assisted the defence.
In those circumstances, it is right and proper for the matter to be before the court so that they can decide whether the new information should affect the verdict in this case.”
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