Cricketer, 23, accused of raping woman in his team-mate's room goes on trial for a second time

Mail Online | 4/1/2017 | Joseph Curtis And Brendan Mcfadden For Mailonline
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A cricketer accused of raping a woman in his team-mate's room during the first weekend of a sexual conquest 'stat game has gone on trial for a second time.

Former Worcestershire County Cricket Club all-rounder Alex Hepburn, 23, denies raping the alleged victim in April 2017 at a flat he shared with England Lions batsman Joe Clarke.

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Hepburn claims to have had consensual sex with the woman after finding her in his then team-mate's room.

Prosecutors allege that Hepburn, 23, raped the complainant less than a week after posting the rules of the 'stat chat' game on a WhatsApp group which included Mr Clarke.

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Opening the case against Hepburn at Worcester Crown Court, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said the woman had earlier had consensual sex with Clarke following a night out, having met him in a nightclub.

England Lions batsman Clarke, who had returned from a tour of Sri Lanka and Dubai, then fell asleep in a bathroom after leaving the bedroom because he felt unwell, the court heard.

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The woman then woke up and wrongly believed she was having sex with Clarke, the court heard, before realising she was in bed with Hepburn.

The court heard that Hepburn was arrested in the early hours of April 1 2017 after the woman, who cannot be named, left the two-bedroom flat and alerted a passer-by, who dialled 999.

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Claiming Hepburn would have known the woman was in Clarke's bed and not his at the cricketers' rented flat in Portland Street, Worcester, Ms Moore told jurors: 'A sleeping girl cannot consent.

'She would not have countenanced sexual activity with Mr Hepburn.

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'He would have known she was with his mate. She was in Joe's bed, not his. On the evidence, his bed was empty.'

On the first day of Hepburn's retrial, jurors were shown a video interview in which the...
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