Cricketer found guilty of raping a sleeping woman

Cricketer found guilty of raping woman as part of Whats App ‘game’ to be jailed

Cricketer found guilty of raping woman as part of Whats App ‘game’ to be jailed

A cricketer has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman during the first night of a sexual conquest competition he helped set up on a WhatsApp group.

He had denied the two counts of rape relating to the alleged attack in the early hours of April 1, 2017, at his flat in Portland Street, Worcester.

Prosecutors said Hepburn had been "fired up" by his desire to win the competition.

Born in Western Australia, Hepburn moved to England in 2013 to pursue the cricketing career.

Hepburn slumped in his seat then sobbed after the jury - who had deliberated for 10 hours and 53 minutes - delivered a unanimous verdict of guilty on one count of oral rape.

The judge announced that a jail sentence was inevitable in the case as the pieces of evidence worked against Hepburn's claims.

In her closing speech to the jury, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC suggested that Hepburn's desperation to "score" in the WhatsApp game may have overtaken his good sense.

Hepburn stated that he had drunk up to 20 bottles of beer before the woman rolled over in bed, kissed him, and instigated what he believed was consensual sex.

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After 10 minutes, she realised it was Hepburn when she heard his "thick Australian accent". Jurors were revealed to Clarke left his room to be debilitated in a restroom, where he go out, leaving the lady snoozing on a sleeping pad in his room.

"'You have been convicted and now fall to be sentenced", the judge said.

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

During his evidence on Wednesday this week, Hepburn admitted he sent "disgusting, awful and embarrassing" messages via WhatsApp while setting the rules of a sexual conquest competition to have sex with as many new partners as possible.

Prosecutor Ms Miranda Moore QC said earlier in the retrial: "A sleeping girl can not consent".

"He would have known she was with his mate".

Worcestershire County Cricket Club chairman Fanos Hira said the club was appalled by the details reported in the case and had taken decisive action immediately after they learned of Hepburn's arrest.

Police Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wall said Hepburn had been in a position of trust and power and the victim had shown great courage and strength in coming forward.

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