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Ched Evans appeal against 2012 rape conviction begins

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Ched Evans began his appeal to have his rape conviction overturned today.

The former Sheffield United striker was convicted of raping a 19-year-old in Wales back in 2012 and was sentenced to five years in jail, eventually serving half of that before being released.

Evans, who has been unable to find a new club since his release and is present at the hearing, is seeking to have his conviction quashed. The Court of Appeals could do just that, order a retrial, or throw out the appeal.

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The judge has ruled that reporting on the legal details of the hearing is not allowed until its conclusion, which is set to be on Wednesday.

Evans had his case referred to the Court of Appeal by the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), which investigates possible miscarriages of justice, after it was announced that new evidence had been uncovered.

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CCRC chair Richard Foster said upon confirmation that Evans' case would be investigated: 'The decision of the commission is not a judgment on guilt or innocence in relation to Ched Evans, nor is it a judgment about the honesty or integrity of the victim or any other person involved in the case.

"Our role is to consider applications to see if, in our judgment, there is any basis on which to ask the court to hear a fresh appeal - that is our statutory responsibility.

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"In this case we have identified new material which was not considered by the jury at trial and which, in our view, might have assisted the defence.

The forward, who had his previous appeal rejected, was released by Sheffield United following his conviction and hasn't played football since his release in late 2014. Oldham had shown an interest in signing the 27-year-old, but eventually backed down after a public backlash.

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