Alex Hepburn: Cricketer guilty of raping sleeping woman | - South Africa News

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Alex Hepburn arriving at court on WednesdayImage copyright Ben Birchall/PA Wire
Image caption Alex Hepburn was found guilty of one charge of rape at a retrial

The cricketer Alex Hepburn has been found guilty of one count of rape after attacking a sleeping woman.

The ex-Worcestershire player assaulted the victim at his Worcester flat after she had consensual sex with his then teammate Joe Clarke on 1 April 2017.

Prosecutors at Worcester Crown Court said Hepburn “dehumanised” women, rating them in text messages.

Hepburn, who was cleared of another count of rape, will be sentenced at a later date.

Hepburn sighed and then slumped into his seat, covered his face with his hands and sobbed after the verdict was returned by the foreman.

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Prosecutors described how he “took advantage” of the woman.

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

Giving evidence during his retrial, Hepburn said: “She was engaging in the act so I presumed she was enjoying it.”

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