Australia-born cricketer Alex Hepburn has been slapped a five-year sentence on Tuesday for raping a woman he found “dozing” in his teammate’s bedroom. Ex-Worcestershire player Hepburn was convicted following the incident which had happened in 2017 during the first night of a sexual conquest “game” he helped set up on a WhatsApp group.Also Read - NZ vs AUS Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Hints T20 World Cup Warm-Up Match: Captain, Vice-Captain – New Zealand vs Australia Playing 11s, News For T20 Match at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Nursery 2 7.30 PM IST October 18 Monday
According to reports, Hepburn committed the crime in a desperate bid to “score” in the WhatsApp game between him and his male friends in which they ranked each other on the basis of “sexual conquests”. Also Read - Australia Going Into T20 World Cup Full Strength, Want Nothing Less Than Title: Mitchell Starc
According to Daily Mail, WhatsApp exchanges that suggested the cricketer had sex with 60 women during a previous “game” were not put before the jurors. Also Read - IPL 2021 Final: Dwayne Bravo Sets New Record With 16th T20 Title, Takes a Dig at Kieron Pollard After Chennai Super Kings Win 4th IPL Trophy
Another message, in which the cricketer described himself and teammate Joe Clarke as a “pair of tens” who “should be banging models”, was also ruled inadmissible, according to Daily Mail.
Giving the verdict, Judge Jim Tindal said: “You probably thought it was laddish behaviour at the time. In truth, it was foul sexism. It demeaned women and trivialised rape – a word you personally threw around lightly. Only now do you realise how serious rape is.”
In what the judge said was a “brave” victim impact statement, the woman Hepburn attacked described her ordeal as “evil” and “heinous crime”.
A jury had found Hepburn guilty of oral rape at a retrial earlier this month but cleared him of a further count of rape relating to the same victim.
The four-day trial at Worcester Crown Court heard the woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, wrongly thought she was having sex with Hepburn’s then county teammate Joe Clarke, a batsman who has played for England’s second-string Lions, after meeting him at a nightclub.