The Chesterfield FC striker was found not guilty on Friday of raping a 19-year-old woman at a hotel room in North Wales following a re-trial at Cardiff Crown Court.
Former Matlock Mercury editor Don Hale, left, spent four years examining the case of the former Wales striker after being contacted by his family.
Speaking to the Derbyshire Times after the verdict, he said he was pleased that “justice has finally been done.”
As part of his investigations, Don interviewed Evans in prison and spoke to 14 potential new witnesses, including ones who knew his victim.
Said Don:”I spent four years working to help clear Ched of the rape charge and throughout that period faced a tremendous amount of hostility and verbal abuse. I am now so pleased for Ched and for all his family that justice has finally been done.
“I never doubted the outcome but was disappointed he had to face a totally irrelevant re-trial following his acquittal at appeal.
“North Wales Police certainly have a lot to answer for and should fully apologise to him and accept they are responsible for a badly misjudged wrongful conviction.”
He added: “I am pleased that a large part of my research and submission papers helped to clear Ched’s name and remain hopeful he can now put this life back together again.
“Due credit to Chesterfield FC for supporting Ched and for taking a potential risk by allowing him to prove himself on the field.”
Don, who also edited the Bury Messenger in the course of his regional press career, has been involved in three other “miscarriage of justice” cases