Ched Evans submits 'fresh evidence' in hope of seeing rape conviction overturned

Evans served half a five year prison sentence for raping a woman

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Former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has submitted “fresh evidence” which he hopes will get his rape conviction overturned.

The submission to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) was made on Evans’ behalf on Friday, according to a statement on his website which claims the details “strengthen” his case.

An appeal application to the CCRC was originally submitted on 15 July 2014

Evans, 26, was convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Rhyl in April 2012. He was released from prison last year after he served half of his five year sentence. He remains on licence.

The statement on his website reads: “On Friday 23rd January 2015 further detailed submissions - supported by previously unavailable fresh evidence that we believe strengthens Ched's application - were lodged with the Commission.”

The fresh appeal against Evan’s conviction comes after three judges rejected a previous bid at the Court of Appeal in 2012.

Following his release, Evans has made attempts to restart his career as a professional footballer, but has failed in the face of a huge public outcry. 

Both Sheffield United and more recently Oldham Athletic dropped plans to sign him.

The footballer maintains that he is innocent.

Additional reporting by PA