Alex Hepburn: Rape trial instructed of cricketer’s cellphone ‘recreation’

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Picture caption Alex Hepburn denies two fees of rape

A county cricket participant raped a sleeping lady after establishing a sexual conquest “recreation” with mates on WhatsApp, a courtroom heard.

Worcestershire all-rounder Alex Hepburn allegedly attacked the girl after she had consensual intercourse along with his team-mate Joe Clarke after an evening out.

Worcester Crown Courtroom heard she had woken as much as discover Australian-born Mr Hepburn performing a intercourse act on her.

The 23-year-old, of Portland Avenue, Worcester, denies two counts of rape.

Mr Hepburn claims the alleged sufferer was awake and preliminary kissing led to consensual sexual contact.

Opening the prosecution’s case, Miranda Moore QC mentioned the alleged sufferer realised she was not with Mr Clarke, who had left the room to be sick, when she touched Mr Hepburn’s hair and he spoke in an Australian accent.

She instructed jurors a member of the general public dialled 999 after discovering the girl, who can’t be recognized, “distressed and crying” on the street in April 2017.

Presenting WhatsApp messages discovered on Mr Hepburn’s cellular, Ms Moore alleged {that a} “stat chat” group he took half in was set as much as document particulars of girls members had slept with.

The principles mentioned the “winner” would be capable to gloat and luxuriate in an evening out paid for by different members.

Ms Moore mentioned: “He noticed that lady asleep within the mattress and determined to take benefit.

“That’s what this case is about, this defendant’s perspective to ladies.”

A police interview with the complainant was additionally proven, the place she instructed a police officer she had assumed she was having intercourse with Mr Clarke, earlier than “panic set in” when she noticed Mr Hepburn.

The trial continues.

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