Alex Hepburn rape trial hears rules of group's sex game

Elias Hubbard
Января 11, 2019

"She kissed me", Alex Hepburn said to Worcester Crown Court while crying. He is accused of attacking a sleeping woman after she had consensual sex with his teammate Joe Clarke.

He told the court he had previously arranged to sleep in Mr Clarke's bed, and drunkenly entered his room at their flat.

The woman, in her twenties, is said to have thought that she was still in bed with Mr Clarke, who had passed out in a bathroom, when she woke to find Mr Hepburn performing a sex act on her.

According to the ABC Sports website, the now 23-year-old all-rounder has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape following a charge back in 2017.

The woman, who can not be named for legal reasons, says she fled the flat after the alleged attack. "After I had got myself into bed, that's when I first realised that there was a woman in the bed". The lighting was dim.

Answering questions from defence counsel Michelle Heeley QC, Mr Clarke said the woman had sought him out in August or September 2017 and seemed eager to speak with him. "She was actively engaged with me".

The court heard that the woman, who can not be identified, pushed Hepburn off and asked him what he was doing, leaving him "shocked and confused".

"She said that she didn't want any of this to happen, to which I said "If you didn't want any of this to happen, it wouldn't still be going on".

Cross-examing Mr Hepburn, prosecutor Miranda Moore QC said: "This is a case about you, fired up by this "game" you were so keen to play with your mates, taking advantage of a girl that you knew was asleep in Joe's bed".

Earlier the court had heard how Clarke and Hepburn had started a sexual conquest game by setting up a WhatsApp group 'Stat Chat.' The latter also went on to say that he had set up the rules of the group for just fun and admitted of having threesomes with Clarke. We wrote immaturely. I used the word rape in the chat because I was young and it didn't mean anything to me.

In her last question to Mr Clarke, Mr Heeley asked: "Is Alex still your best friend?"

Hepburn - who denies two counts of rape - told the court he was "completely embarrassed" at comments he had made. It was nothing more than just immature chat between friends. Not much thought went into this at the time.

Australian-born Mr Hepburn, of Portland Street, was released on bail.

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