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Evans loses rape conviction appeal

Former Wales and Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has lost a Court of Appeal challenge against his conviction for rape.

Evans, whose appeal against the conviction and his five-year prison sentence was heard by three judges in London, was jailed in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in a hotel room in North Wales last May.

The appeal ruling was made by the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, sitting with Mr Justice Mitting and Mr Justice Griffith Williams.

Afterwards, Lord Judge said: "We can see no possible basis which would justify us interfering with the verdict of the jury, which heard all the evidence and reflected on it after careful summing up by the judge.''

Evans, 23, had lost the first stage of the appeal process in August when his application for leave to appeal against the conviction was rejected by a single judge who considered the case on the papers.

His lawyers, Brabners Chaffe Street, said before that appeal that Evans "firmly maintains his innocence in this matter and as such, we confirm that [he] will be appealing the decision.''

Evans was jailed at Caernarfon Crown Court. He admitted having had sex with the woman, but she told the jury she had no memory of the incident.

Port Vale defender Clayton McDonald, 23, who also admitted having sex with the victim, was found not guilty.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report