JAILED former Sheffield United footballer Ched Evans has been refused leave to appeal against his rape conviction.
But lawyers for the ex-Blades striker, currently serving a five-year prison term, say that despite the decision, he will continue with his challenge to the full Court of Appeal.
A statement from law firm Brabners Chaffe Street, representing the 23-year-old, said: “We have received notification from the Court of Appeal that a single judge has refused Ched Evans’ application for leave to appeal against his conviction.
“We wish to confirm that Ched Evans continues to maintain his innocence and he shall continue with his appeal to the full Court of Appeal where he believes a comprehensive analysis of the case will lead to his conviction being overturned.”
Evans was convicted of raping a 19-year-old girl at a Premier Inn in Rhyll, North Wales, after a trial at Caernarvon Crown Court.