Date: 21st April 2016 at 11:12am
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Chef Evans has won his appeal against a rape conviction but will now face a re-trial.

Evans was convicted of raping a 19 year old woman in 2012 and served half of a five year prison sentence in 2014.

Evans was present in the packed London courtroom with girlfriend Natasha Massey at his side to hear the outcome of his appeal.

Lady Justice Hallett, Mr Justice Flaux and Sir David Maddison had heard the reasons for the appeal over two days last month from Kieran Vaughan QC, for Evans, and from Eleanor Laws QC, for the Crown.

The outcome was announced on Thursday morning.

The former Sheffield United and Manchester City striker was on loan at Norwich during the 2007-08 season and made 28 appearances for the Canaries, scoring 10 goals.

With his conviction quashed, albeit he faces a re-trial, Evans is effectively an innocent man again, until proven guilty. There is no word on when the new trial will take place but after all the media attention and mud slinging on many sides, I imagine quite a few people will be uncomfortable in their seats at the prospect of Evans not being convicted when he next goes on trial.

OTBC

 
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