Australian cricketer jailed for rape has freedom bid thrown out

Australian cricketer jailed for rape has freedom bid thrown out

juin 30, 2020 0 Par admin

Perth-born Alex Hepburn, who had been playing cricket in Worcestershire, was found guilty in Hereford Crown Court in April 2019, and sentenced to five years in prison.

His victim was left with facial paralysis and post-traumatic stress disorder after the attack which Hepburn treated as a “game”.

Australian cricketer Alex Hepburn has been jailed for five years jail in the UK. (AAP)

Sarah, whose real name was withheld to protect her privacy, was raped in 2017 by Hepburn, 23, after he found her asleep on a mattress in his Worcester apartment after she had had consensual sex with his former teammate, Joe Clarke.

Last year Sarah told the BBC it was “so humiliating” to learn afterwards in court that Hepburn raped her as part of a “game” the pair set up on the WhatsApp messaging service to sleep with as many women as possible.

Sarah revealed she had consequently developed PTSD, as well as Bell’s palsy, a partial paralysis of the face, as a result of the attack.

Alex Hepburn, 23, arrives for sentencing at Hereford Crown Court, with partner Lucy Street, for raping a woman he found “dozing” in his team-mate’s bedroom.. Picture date: Tuesday April 30, 2019. The Australian-born former Worcestershire CCC all-rounder is alleged to have been “fired up” by the contest to sleep with the most women, before carrying out the rape at his flat in Portland Street, Worcester, in April 2017. See PA story COURTS Cricketer. Photo credit should read: Aaron Chown PA Wire (PA/AAP)

During sentencing, Judge Jim Tindal told the “immature” cricketer he and a former teammate had agreed a “pathetic sexist game to collect as many sexual encounters as possible”.

He added: “You probably thought it was laddish behaviour at the time.

“In truth it was foul sexism.”