Decision on Ched Evans’ appeal delayed

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A body that examines alleged miscarriages of justice has said ‘further investigation’ is needed before it decides on Ched Evans’ latest attempt to have his rape conviction overturned.

The Criminal Case Review Commission is yet to decide on whether it will refer the former Sheffield United player’s case back to the Court of Appeal.

A case committee of three CCRC commissioners met yesterday to consider his case after an investigation phase lasting 10 months.

A spokesman for the CCRC said today: “The committee has decided that further investigation was needed before it meets again to make a final decision on whether or not to refer Mr Evans’ conviction back to the Court of Appeal.

“There is no date yet for that next meeting.”

Evans, 26, was released from prison last year after serving half of his five year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a hotel in Rhyl in April 2012.

The footballer has always maintained his innocence.

An earlier appeal against his conviction was rejected by three judges at the Court of Appeal in November 2012.

He applied to the CCRC for a review of his case in July 2014, with further submissions made by his legal representatives to the commission in January and April this year.

Evans has made attempts to restart his career after being released from prison but potential moves to Oldham Athletic and his former club Sheffield United collapsed in the face of public outcry.

When a final decision is eventually made by the CCRC, it is typically several days or even weeks before the applicant and others are informed of the conclusion that has been made.