Cricketer Alex Hepburn found guilty of rape after WhatsApp 'sexual conquest game'

Alex Hepburn

Jurors at Worcester Crown Court deliberated for 10 hours and 53 minutes before delivering a unanimous verdict on one count of rape against him.

Revealing details of this dirty game.

A message written by Hepburn said: "Oi last night was my 60th. Want 80 by the end of Worcs".

Mr Clarke has never been charged with any wrongdoing.

In exchanges not heard before the jury, it emerged that Hepburn had set the rules for the sexual conquest game, just four days before the rape took place. Jurors were told Clarke left his bedroom to be sick in a bathroom, where he passed out, leaving the woman asleep on a mattress in his room.

"I was confused. It was no different to a normal sexual encounter".

The trial related to an incident in the early hours of April 1, 2017, when Hepburn was accused of raping his victim, who had already had consensual sex with his then team-mate, Joe Clarke, after getting into her bed while she was sleeping.

"She was engaging in the act so I presumed she was enjoying it", Hepburn told the court; quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

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Australian-born Hepburn, who came to the United Kingdom aged 17 to join Worcestershire CCC, told the jury the woman, who can not be named for legal reasons, had her eyes open and was "engaging" in the acts. She would not have countenanced sexual activity with Hepburn.

He also admitted to sending a series of "disgusting" WhatsApp messages concerning a sexual conquest competition, in which he and Clark attempted to have sex with as many partner as possible.

The court heard Hepburn had consumed around 15 units of alcohol with his friends in nightclubs Sin and Bushwhackers in the city centre on the night of March 31, 2017.

The judge Jim Tindal then cleared to Alex Hepburn that there is only one sentence and it is inevitable for him now to go to jail.

"I am adjourning your case for the preparation of a pre-sentence report".

"Our One Club values outline clear expectations of attitudes and behaviours for all staff at WCCC and everyone involved in Worcestershire cricket", Hira said in a statement.

"It would not be a consideration to you to abandon you under any bogus impression with regards to the motivation behind that report".

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