Ched Evans goes on trial again over rape charge

Ched Evans goes on trial over rape charge

Ched Evans

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Footballer Ched Evans will go on trial today at Cardiff Crown Court to face an allegation of rape.

The striker, who plays for League One side Chesterfield and previously played for Manchester City and Sheffield United, is accused of raping a woman in May 2011.

The 27-year-old Welshman entered a not guilty plea during a court hearing in May. 

His trial is expected to last two weeks and will be presided over by Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies.

Evans was initially convicted in 2012 and sentenced to five years' imprisonment, but the verdict was overruled in April this year by the Court of Appeal, which ruled it was unsafe.

When Evans was released from prison in 2014, speculation that he would re-sign for Sheffield United prompted a flurry of protest, with Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill demanding the removal of her name from one of the stands at the club's home ground, Bramall Lane, if the striker returned.