Former Worcestershire player Alex Hepburn guilty of raping a sleeping woman

Former Worcestershire player Alex Hepburn guilty of raping a sleeping woman

Jurors heard Hepburn, who thought he was "God's gift to Worcester", attacked his victim as he wanted to beat best friend Mr Clarke who had won the "competition" past year.

Hepburn said legal jurors he had drank up to 20 bottles of bear before the woman moved over in bed, kissed him, and induced what he accepted was consensual sex.

Hepburn will be sentenced at a later date but has been told that a jail sentence is inevitable.

The woman, who can not be identified, said she had her eyes closed and engaged in 20 minutes of sexual activity with the Australian-born cricketer in a dimly lit bedroom before "clocking" who he was when he spoke.

A distraught Hepburn was then seen slumping into his seat, covering his face with his hands before sobbing.

The complainant, who can not be identified, told the court she was left shocked and distressed after opening her eyes and realising she was having sex with Hepburn and not Clarke, who was asleep elsewhere in the flat.

During his trial, Hepburn admitted to have sent "disgusting, awful and embarrassing" messages through WhatsApp to his teammates while entering a sexual contest competition with his teammates, reported The Guardian.

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He added: "You have been convicted and now fall to be sentenced".

Hepburn, 23, will be sentenced at Hereford Crown Court on April 30, The Sun reports.

"It would not be a consideration to you to abandon you under any bogus impression with regards to the motivation behind that report. You need to prepare yourself and get matters in order and attend Hereford Crown Court on the 30th of April".

The judge said that his provisional view was that verdicts indicated Hepburn's claim that the woman had consented was "unreasonable". Hepburn had denied the charges.

Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) said it was "appalled" by the details in the case, while the the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) said the case served as a "stark reminder" of the standards it expects.

The complainant says she then locked herself naked in the bathroom before returning to Hepburn to tell he had taken advantage of her.

"At the time of the offence Hepburn was in a position of trust and power as a professional sportsman.and I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences".

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