Cricketer jailed for five years over rape

01 Mai, 2019, 19:15 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • Alex Hepburn

Australian cricketer Alex Hepburn has been imprisoned for five years after a United Kingdom court found him guilty of raping a woman in 2017.

Hepburn, 23, had been warned at the conclusion of his retrial earlier this month that a jail sentence was inevitable, after he had been found guilty on one count of oral rape, relating to an attack that took place at his flat in Worcester in April 2017.

"Every freshie has to be put into the chat with this detail (name, age, black or white, rate out of 10, yor (sic) performance out of 10, condom or no) End of the shaggers week is the September the 15th", Hepburn wrote in a post described in pre-trial legal argument as repellent and pathetic.

But the court heard the woman who said that she was having sex with Hepburn's then county team-mate Joe Clarke at the players' flat in Worcester.

In handing down his sentence, judge Jim Tindal said: "I sentence you on the basis the jury were sure the victim was woken by you but was still barely awake and in the dark thought you were Joe Clarke".

'In truth it was foul sexism.

"It demeaned women and trivialised rape - a word you personally threw around lightly. Only now do you realize how serious rape is".

Hepburn's lawyer, Michelle Heeley, said her client had expressed remorse.

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In what the judge said was a "brave" victim impact statement, the woman Hepburn attacked described her ordeal as "evil" and a "heinous crime".

During a retrial last month, Hepburn, 23, was found guilty of one count of orally raping a woman he found asleep in his teammate's bedroom, and was cleared of one rape charge.

But when the woman told the court that she thought she was having sex with his team-mate Joe Clarke with whom she had sex earlier that night. Lifeline is available 24 hours a day on 13 11 14. I have no doubt at that stage you planned to go to bed on the mattress at Joe Clarke's. "Now all the people I care for and love suffer as well".

The messages, which weren't shown to jurors during the trial, were described by the judge as "sexist, pathetic and trivialising rape".

Giving evidence, Hepburn had told the court: "She was engaging in the act so I presumed she was enjoying it".

"The first thing she remembered was waking, with a penis in her mouth".

"You did see her at that moment as a piece of meat, not a woman entitled to respect".

"How can you focus on life when your whole life is turned upside down?" she added.

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