Crick­eter Alex Hep­burn, 21, in ‘rape’ case

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A pro­fes­sional crick­eter has ap­peared in court ac­cused of rap­ing a woman.

Worces­ter­shire CCC all­rounder Alex Hep­burn, 21, faced Worces­ter Mag­is­trates’ Court ac­cused of two counts of rape.

Dur­ing a brief hear­ing the court heard the al­leged of­fences took place in Worces­ter on April 1 this year.

Hep­burn spoke only to con­firm his name, ad­dress and na­tion­al­ity of Australian.

John Dove, pros­e­cut­ing, told JPs the case could only be dealt with at the Crown court.

Hep­burn’s so­lic­i­tor, Ja­son Pa­tel, made no in­di­ca­tion of plea on be­half of his client.

The de­fen­dant, of Pri­ory Road, Malvern, Worces­ter­shire, was re­leased on un­con­di­tional bail un­til Jan­uary 4, when he is to ap­pear at Worces­ter Crown Court.

Gareth Thomas, chair­man of the bench, told Hep­burn: “As you have just heard, we are re­mand­ing you on un­con­di­tional bail to ap­pear be­fore Worces­ter Crown Court on Thurs­day, Jan­uary 4, at 9am.

“If you don’t go back to court at the right date and time you may com­mit an of­fence and you could be ar­rested, re­manded and sent to prison.”

Hep­burn, who is yet to play first-class cricket for Worces­ter­shire, has been sus­pended on full pay by his club.

In a state­ment, the club said: “As the mat­ter is now sub­ject to crim­i­nal pro­ceed­ings the club is un­able to pro­vide any fur­ther com­ment at this stage.”

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