One-time Paola Hibs tar­get Ched Evans found not guilty of rape af­ter re­trial

Malta Independent - - NEWS -

A for­mer English Premier League foot­baller has been found not guilty of rape fol­low­ing a re­trial, end­ing a five-year fight to clear his name.

Ched Evans, a Wales in­ter­na­tional who has played for Manch­ester City and Sh­effield United, wept and hugged his part­ner af­ter the ver­dict was given at Cardiff Crown Court on Fri­day.

The 27-year-old Evans ad­mit­ted to hav­ing sex with the teenager in a ho­tel in north Wales in May 2011 but al­ways in­sisted it was con­sen­sual. He was con­victed of rape in April 2012 and re­leased from prison af­ter serv­ing half of his fiveyear sen­tence.

The rape con­vic­tion was over­turned in April fol­low­ing an ap­peal. The re­trial lasted two weeks.

Evans plays for third-tier club Ch­ester­field. In Jan­uary 2015 Evans had been linked to a move to Paola Hiber­ni­ans Foot­ball Club, which had never ma­te­ri­alised.

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