Cricketer Alex Hepburn, 21, in ‘rape’ case
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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