TIMELINE: Key events in the Ched Evans case

File photo dated 23/03/16 of Ched Evans (left) and his partner Natasha Massey, as Evans won his appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.
File photo dated 23/03/16 of Ched Evans (left) and his partner Natasha Massey, as Evans won his appeal against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

Footballer Ched Evans has won a challenge against his conviction for raping a 19-year-old woman.

This is how events in the case unfolded:

* May 30, 2011 - Evans, then a Sheffield United striker, is arrested on suspicion of sexual assault at a Premier Inn near Rhyl, north Wales.

* April 20, 2012 - He is convicted of raping a 19-year-old woman and sentenced to five years in prison following a trial at Caernarfon Crown Court.

* May 30, 2012 - Evans is released by Sheffield United at the end of the football season.

* November 6, 2012 - The Court of Appeal refuses him leave to appeal his conviction or reduce the length of his sentence.

* October 17, 2014 - Evans is released from prison after serving half of his sentence.

* November 11, 2014 - Sheffield United faces a public backlash after saying it would let him train with them, an offer it later withdrew. TV presenter and club patron Charlie Webster quits and Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill demands her name be taken off the Bramall Lane stand in protest.

* October 5, 2015 - Evans’s case is referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Case Review Commission on the basis of new information after a 10-month investigation.

* March 22, 2016 - The appeal hearing is held at the High Court in London.

* April 21, 2016 - Evans wins appeal against conviction and is granted unconditional bail. Court of Appeal orders a fresh indictment “must be served” and that “the appellant must be re-arraigned on that fresh indictment within two months of today”. The venue of the retrial, the trial judge and the date of the retrial “will be determined by the Senior Presiding Judge for the Wales Circuit”, Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.