Regardless of the horrendous nature of the offence he has been found guilty of committing, Evans has every right to seek employment in whatever profession he chooses and every employer has the right to employ him, unless it is one where those on the sex offenders’ register are barred or where having a criminal record prevents employment.
This is the rule of law. It is not the rule of the mob, of the loud, supposed guardians of morality who scream and shout on behalf of the silent majority. Or those who, quite rightly, argue the woman he raped is the only victim here.
Evans is guilty. A jury of right-minded people decided he was guilty of raping a teenage girl in a hotel room in April 2012. He appealed against that decision and it was rejected six months later by the Court of Appeal. He has launched another appeal and remains determined to “prove his innocence and clear his name”.
As far as I’m concerned he is guilty, because that is what our judge and jury court system has determined. That will only change if his final appeal is successful.
I write this from the view that Evans is a rapist. Or rather he was. Evans has served the time our justice system determined he should spend in prison. He served half of a five-year sentence, because he was eligible for parole and was released early. This may seem lenient to many, not least the victim and her family, but that is the punishment he was given.
Evans has, to use legal jargon, served his time and paid his debt to society even though he will remain on licence for the next two-and-a-half years, meaning he must adhere to certain conditions, including holding regular meetings with his probation officer.
Presumably it needs to be said because there’s a significant portion of the society that doesn’t actually get it.