Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
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Cricketer found guilty of rape

Cricketer found guilty of rape

Australian cricket player Alex Hepburn has been found guilty of raping a sleeping woman in the United Kingdom, as explicit messages from a WhatsApp group chat thread on sexual conquests have been revealed.

The all-rounder, 23, committed the attack as part of a sexual conquest competition organised on a sick WhatsApp group. "If there is we have banged them".

Hepburn told a retrial at Worcester Crown Court that the woman made eye contact with him and then kissed him, instigating a consensual sexual encounter lasting around 20 minutes.

Hepburn was accused of raping a woman after she had consensual sex with his then-teammate and now Nottinghamshire batsman Joe Clarke, from Oswestry.

"Oi last night was my 60th".

In the course of the retrial, the jury heard from the prosecution how Hepburn had "dehumanised" women, rating them in text messages to his team-mates in a "sexual conquest competition" on the social media app, WhatsApp. "Want 80 by the end of Worcs", read one of the messages from Hepburn.

She told police that after 10 minutes of sexual activity with Hepburn, he spoke in a "thick" Australian accent and she realised he was not Mr Clarke.

The messages - recovered by police from mobile phone records - also included a reference to a "Tinder bird" which dismissed her as "not great" but added "a stat's a stat hahaha". But then Clarke left the bedroom after some time only to be joined by Hepburn who had drunk up to 20 bottles of beer.

"I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence that they will be believed and listened to by specially trained officers and that we will do everything to bring offenders to justice".

During his trial, Hepburn admitted to have sent "disgusting, frightful and embarrassing" messages through WhatsApp to his teammates while entering a sexual contest competition with his teammates, reported The Guardian. She woke to find Hepburn straddling her while she was still "in a daze" and pushed him away before running from the flat where she was found in a state of distress by a passer-by.

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

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

"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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