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Former Worcestershire cricketer Alex Hepburn found guilty of rape

by Wisden Staff 4 minute read

Alex Hepburn, the former Worcestershire all-rounder, has been found guilty of rape.

Hepburn was convicted on one count of oral rape after a retrial at Worcester Crown Court. He was cleared on a second count of rape.

Hepburn, 23, had denied both counts of rape relating to the incident that took place on April 1, 2017, when he assaulted a sleeping woman after she had had consensual sex with his Worcestershire team-mate at the time, Joe Clarke.

Worcestershire released a statement regarding the guilty verdict. Fanos Hira, Worcestershire’s chairman said: “WCCC is appalled by the details that have been reported in this case.

“The WCCC Board and CEO were first made aware of the arrest and subsequent charge of Mr Hepburn on 10th November 2017; WCCC then took immediate and decisive action.

“Our OneClub values outline clear expectations of attitudes and behaviours for all staff at WCCC and everyone involved in Worcestershire cricket.

“WCCC continues to work alongside both the ECB and PCA focussing on education, welfare and development programmes for all staff within the game.”

The Professional Cricketers’ Association have also been monitoring the trial and said: “This public case provides a stark reminder to all PCA members of all requirements and behaviours demanded of a professional cricketer, provided through its Personal Development and Welfare Programme, which is facilitated closely alongside the ECB and first-class counties.

“Throughout the criminal investigations, we have provided suitable advice and assistance to Alex. As the game’s player association, offering support and guidance to players in times of turbulence is a fundamental responsibility for the PCA.”

Hepburn will be sentenced at Hereford Crown Court on April 30.

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