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Convicted rapist Ched Evans reveals 'fresh evidence' submitted to Review Commission

Former Sheffield United striker says on his website that be believes the information strengthens his case.

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CHED EVANS HAS submitted ‘fresh evidence’ to the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) and believes it strengthens the application to have his criminal conviction quashed.

The 26 year-old, who served half of a five year prison sentence for raping a 19 year-old woman in May 2011, was released in October of last year.

The same month, the CCRC, the body that investigates potential miscarriages of justice, confirmed that an inquiry in Evans’ conviction would be fast-tracked but denied that was an indication of the strength of Evan’s case.

Speaking last year, a spokesperson for the organisation revealed the decision to deal with Evan’s review imminently came after a request from Evan’s legal team and related to ‘facts of the case and the issues raised in the application’.

Earlier today, a statement on Evan’s website said:

On Friday 23rd January 2015 further detailed submissions – supported by previously unavailable fresh evidence that we believe strengthens Ched’s application – were lodged with the Commission.”

In 2012, Evans saw his appeal against the rape conviction refused.

Since being released, Evans, who was a striker with Sheffield United prior to being jailed, has come close to reigniting his football career with a number of clubs.

Most recently, he seemed set to join Oldham Athletic but the deal collapsed following immense pressure from sponsors and supporters.

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