‘We didn’t have sex... he raped me’ WORCS CRICKETER DENIES SEX ATTACK
A WOMAN who claims a cricketer raped her while she was asleep told a court the “sick” attack left her in a state of shock.
Giving evidence at the re-trial of ex-Worcestershire CCC player Alex Hepburn, the complainant said she had not kissed him and wrongly believed she was having sex with his then team-mate Joe Clarke.
Prosecutors allege Hepburn, 23, raped the woman at a flat he shared with Clarke in Worcester in April 2017 during the first weekend of a sexual conquest “stat game” set up on WhatsApp.
A jury heard the woman had consensual sex with Clarke after a night-out in which she drank wine, schnapps, vodka and Jagerbombs.
Hepburn, who denies rape, is alleged to have attacked the “dozing” woman after entering Clarke’s bedroom while the England Lions batsman was asleep in a bathroom.
Cross-examining the complainant on the second day of the re-trial, defence counsel Michelle Heeley QC suggested that the woman either regretted or could not remember kissing Hepburn at the start of sexual activity lasting up to 20 minutes.
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“We didn’t have sex, Hepburn raped me,” the woman told the court. “My eyes weren’t open.”
Ms Heeley then asked: “For 20 minutes your eyes never opened?”
Addressing jurors from behind a curtain shielding her from Hepburn’s view, the complainant replied: “I don’t think the timings are accurate. My eyes were closed, I was asleep.
“He didn’t introduce himself to me. Because I thought it was Joe I had no reason to open my eyes. I didn’t realise there were sick people in this city.”
Asked if she had opened her eyes, looked at Hepburn and then kissed him to start the sexual activity, the woman said: “No way. I didn’t get a say in it.
“I was asleep when it started.”
During her evidence, the woman said she was unable to remember some details of the night when she was first spoken to by police, around an hour after a passer-by saw her in the street and dialled 999.
Answering questions put to her by prosecutor Miranda Moore QC, the woman said Hepburn had attacked her at about 5am and she had given initial details to a police officer at 6.25am.
Describing what sort of state she was in when she spoke to the officer, the woman told the court: “Horrendous. I couldn’t stop shaking. I remember being cold, just shocked.”
Hepburn has pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape, claiming that kissing led to sexual contact he believed was consensual.
The trial continues.