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Ched Evans Faces Rape Retrial Date Set For October

His conviction was quashed at the Court of Appeal.

27/05/2016 11:53

Ched Evans' will go on trial to face an allegation of rape later this year.

The former Wales international appeared at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday and pleaded not guilty to raping a woman in May 2011.

The former Sheffield United, Manchester City and Norwich player was jailed in 2012 for the rape of a 19-year-old woman at a Premier Inn near Rhyl in Denbighshire, north Wales.

He was released after serving half his sentence but his conviction was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April.

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Ched Evans leaving the Court of Appeal at a previous hearing

He was released after serving half his sentence but his conviction was quashed at the Court of Appeal in April.

The 27-year-old has always insisted upon his innocence.

In October last year, the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) referred Evans' case to the Court of Appeal on the basis of new information following a 10 month investigation.

At a brief hearing at Cardiff Crown Court on Friday morning, Evans, wearing a black suit, white shirt and navy tie, spoke to confirm his name.

He entered a not guilty plea to one count of rape, which is alleged to have taken place in May 2011.

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Evans while he was playing for Sheffield Wednesday

The retrial, which is to be held in Cardiff, is expected to last for two weeks.

The hearing was in front of High Court Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies, who said that she would preside over the trial.

Evans was represented by Kieran Vaughan QC and junior counsel David Emanuel.

John Philpotts QC, who represented the prosecution in the case, appeared via video link from Mold Crown Court.

Evans was released by Sheffield United at the end of the season in 2012 and has not been signed by a team since.

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