Ched Evans to remain in prison after losing appeal against rape conviction

The former Sheffield United striker has also failed in a bid to have his five-year sentence reduced, as the Court of Appeal refused to alter the verdict of the jury
Former Sheffield United striker Ched Evans has lost his appeal against a conviction for rape.

The 23-year-old also attempted to have his five-year sentence reduced, but the Court of Appeal in London dismissed Evans' claims and upheld both the sentence and the conviction.

The Lord Chief Justice, Lord Judge, accompanied by Mr Justice Griffifth Willliams and Mr Justice Mitting, found no basis to interfere with the original verdict.

"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," they said.

The Welsh international was originally convicted in Caernarfon Crown Court in April for raping a 19-year-old woman in May 2011.

While Evans denied the charge, he admitted to having sexual intercourse with the victim - who cannot be named for legal reasons.

However, the prosecution successfully argued that the victim was too drunk to provide appropriate consent to sexual intercourse and argued that the act, therefore, constituted rape.

Clayton McDonald, a defender for Port Vale, admitted to having intercourse with the same woman but was found not guilty of the same charge.