Alex Hepburn's rape conviction prompts European Central Bank inquiry

Alex Hepburn

Alex Hepburn

The woman, in her statement, said that she was with Hepburn's roommate - Nottinghamshire batsman Joe Clarke - before waking up to find out that the former was straddling her, reported BBC.

The complainant, who can not be identified, said she had her eyes closed and engaged in 20 minutes of sexual activity with Australian-born Hepburn in a dimly-lit bedroom - before "clocking" who he was when he spoke.

Bailing Hepburn following the verdicts, Judge Jim Tindal told the cricketer, who was aged 21 at the time of the rape: "You have been convicted and now fall to be sentenced. You need to prepare yourself and get matters in order and attend the Hereford Crown Court on April 30", he said.

The retrial has heard the complainant initially told police she was unsure whether or not she had had sex with Clarke before the alleged rape by his best friend Hepburn.

Alex Hepburn, 23, was found guilty of oral rape but cleared of a further count of rape relating to the same victim after a four-day trial at Worcester crown court.

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

In the message, written to Clarke near the start of the 2017 cricket season, Hepburn added: "Shame there are no f***ing models in Worcester".

Social media conversations, which prosecutors claimed may have been "scores" from a previous sexual conquest competition, were also kept from the jury. "Want 80 by the end of Worcs", read one of the messages from Hepburn.

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Jurors heard Hepburn attacked his victim as he wanted to beat Joe Clarke who had won the "competition" a year ago.

Hepburn conceded he sent "nauseating, shocking and humiliating" WhatsApp messages while setting the principles of the sexual triumph competition.

"I was confused. It was no different to a normal sexual encounter". She would not have countenanced sexual activity with Hepburn.

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

He bragged of at least 60 partners, and at one point said to Clark: "Got to understand that Hepperdawg is a horny c- and without you keeping my head straight just goes and does rogue things".

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

Worcestershire County Cricket Club (WCCC) said it was "appalled" by the details in the case, while the the Professional Cricketers' Association (PCA) said the case served as a "stark reminder" of the standards it expects.

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