Ched Evans arriving at Cardiff Crown Court with his fiancee Natasha Massey

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Ched Evans arrived at Cardiff Crown Court docket along with his fiancee Natasha Massey

Footballer Ched Evans has been discovered not responsible of raping a 19-year-old lady in a resort room.

The Chesterfield striker was accused of attacking her at a Premier Inn in Rhuddlan, Denbighshire, on 30 Might 2011.

Mr Evans, 27, was initially discovered responsible of rape at Caernarfon Crown Court docket in 2012, however this conviction was quashed in April.

He was discovered not responsible of the identical cost at Cardiff Crown Court docket on Friday.

In an announcement learn out on Mr Evans’s behalf after the decision, the footballer mentioned: “Within the early hours of 30 Might 2011, an incident occurred in north Wales that was to vary my life and the lives of others ceaselessly. That incident didn’t contain the fee of a felony offence and immediately I’m overwhelmed with reduction that the jury agreed.

“I want to thank my authorized group… for his or her tireless efforts upon my behalf.

“Thanks go, too, to my family and friends; most notably my fiancee, Natasha, who selected, maybe extremely, to assist me in my darkest hour.

“While my innocence has now been established, I want to make it clear that I wholeheartedly apologise to anybody who might need been affected by the occasions of the night time in query.”

A jury of seven ladies and 5 males took simply two hours to clear him following a two-week trial.

There have been gasps and cries within the public gallery when the decision was learn out, with members of Mr Evans’s group breaking down.

Mr Evans was then discharged from the dock and embraced Miss Massey.

He at all times denied having intercourse with the girl whereas she was too drunk to consent.

He insisted she agreed to let him “take part” whereas she was having consensual intercourse with fellow footballer Clayton McDonald, 27 – who was cleared of rape on the authentic trial – after an evening out in Rhyl.

His authorized group argued the prosecution was “constructed across the fable” the complainant was too drunk to conform to intercourse.

The prosecution alleged the girl did “not have the liberty or capability to consent”.

They mentioned Mr Evans handled her with a “callous, self-centred indifference primarily indistinguishable from utter contempt”.

Nonetheless, the jury cleared Mr Evans of the one cost after retiring to deliberate at about 11:40 GMT on Friday.

Mr Evans was jailed for 5 years after his authentic conviction in 2012 earlier than he was launched in October 2014.

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His conviction was referred to the Court docket of Enchantment following a 10-month investigation by the Felony Circumstances Evaluation Fee (CCRC), which discovered new data not raised at his authentic trial.

Mr Evans – who was taking part in for Sheffield United on the time of his conviction – got here near becoming a member of League One aspect Oldham Athletic in January 2015.

Nonetheless the membership pulled out of the deal following threats to their employees and strain from sponsors.

He additionally had a suggestion to make use of the Blades’ coaching services rescinded in November 2014 after greater than 170,000 folks signed a petition towards the transfer.

Olympic champion Jessica Ennis-Hill requested for her title to be faraway from a stand at Bramall Lane if he re-signed for the South Yorkshire aspect and three membership patrons resigned.

He signed for Chesterfield in June after his profitable conviction enchantment.

The Soccer Affiliation of Wales mentioned it could not touch upon the decision.