‘We didn’t have sex... he raped me’ WORCS CRICK­ETER DE­NIES SEX AT­TACK

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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.

The al­leged vic­tim, who can­not be named, DE­NIAL: Alex Hep­burn pleads not guilty to charges told the jury she “had no rea­son” to open her eyes as she thought she was with Clarke at the crick­eters’ shared flat in Worces­ter.

“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.

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