JURORS have failed to reach a verdict in the trial of a cricketer accused of raping a sleeping woman.
Former Worcestershire CCC all-rounder Alex Hepburn denied raping her following a night out in April 2017.
The 23-year-old told jurors the woman had opened her eyes and kissed him before they had 20 minutes of “consensual sex”.
He also previously wept in the dock as he said she “interacted” with him in a normal way when he got into the bed of pal Joe Clarke, who had earlier slept with the woman.
Hepburn told Worcester Crown Court they had romped for around 20 minutes before the woman got up and told him: “You just raped me you sick b****rd.”
He had insisted the woman was “enjoying” it and was “actively engaged” before she pushed him off – leaving him “shocked and confused”.
Jurors were today discharged after failing to reach a verdict in the case and there will now be a retrial.
They had been given a majority direction after deliberating for more than five hours.
During the trial, they heard how Clarke had gone to be sick when the woman was allegedly raped.
He told jurors: “After I had got myself into bed, that’s when I first realised that there was a woman in the bed.
“The lighting was dim. You couldn’t make out the door on the other side of the room but you could see what was in front of you and around.
“She rolled over towards me. She kissed me.”
The court has heard previously how Hepburn and Clarke started a sexual conquest game just days earlier via WhatsApp called ‘Stat Chat’.
Hepburn said the rules of the group were set up by him for a bit of “fun” and admitted he had threesomes in the past with Clarke.
He denied he had raped the woman out of desperation to try and win the contest and be crowned “top s*****r.”
Hepburn told the court: “The competition was about sleeping with different women.
“I am completely embarrassed, my family has had to see them.It was nothing more than just immature chat between friends.
“It didn’t mean anything and it was us bragging to each other.”
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