FORMER footballer Ched Evans has launched a fresh bid to overturn his rape conviction.
The former Manchester City and Sheffield United player was jailed for five years in 2012 for raping a 19-year-old woman in a Rhuddlan hotel.
Evans, aged 25, has launched a new bid to clear his name. After reviewing the evidence his legal representatives have submitted a new appeal to the Criminal Cases Review Commission.
A statement posted on a website set up to clear his name, said: “Barrister David Emanuel of Garden Court Chambers, in conjunction with Shaun Draycott, has completed a thorough review of the evidence and all aspects of the way the case proceeded in the Crown Court.
“In addition further investigations have been conducted by an independent investigations company, into a number of previously unexplored areas of the evidence.
“As a result, an application was today submitted to the Criminal Cases Review Commission raising serious concerns about the safety of this conviction. The application submits that the case should be sent back to the Court of Appeal on the basis that there is a real possibility that the conviction would be quashed.”
During the trial the £3 million striker admitted having sex with the woman in question, but she could not provide any details as she had no memory of the incident.
Evans has served two and a half years of his five year sentence and is due to be released in October.