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Hepburn trial result

A Former Worcestershire County Cricketer has been convicted of one count of rape at Worcester Crown Court today (Friday 12 April) after a 5 day trial at Worcester Crown Court.

Alex Hepburn, 23, of Portland Street, Worcester was found guilty by the jury of one count of rape and not guilty on a second count of rape.

He is due to be sentenced on 30 April.

The incident took place in a city centre flat on 1 April 2017 following a night out with friends in Worcester. The victim cannot be named for legal reasons.

The court heard the investigation was launched after a member of the public called the police.

Following the sentencing, Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wall said: "We welcome the conviction and I hope it will offer some comfort to the victim, who has shown great courage and strength in coming forward in reporting this to us, throughout the investigation and in giving evidence in court.

"At the time of the offence Hepburn was in a position of trust and power as a professional sportsman for local team Worcestershire County Cricket Club and I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence that they will be believed and listened to by specially trained officers and that we will do everything to bring offenders to justice." 

"If you are a victim of a sexual offence you can report it to police on 101. In an emergency dial 999."

If you do not feel comfortable speaking to officers you can contact a referral centre which specialises in helping victims of rape and sexual assault - including providing medical care and counselling. For information and details on how to contact or refer please visit the Get Help page of the Stop Rape Now website stoprapenow.co.uk

Anyone who is a victim of any sexual assault who feels they may need support, or may not want to contact the police West Mercia's Victim Advice Line is a free, independent and confidential support service. People can call 0800 952 3000 or visit www.victimadviceline.org.uk

Issued: 4.50pm, Friday 12 April, MC, Corporate Communications

Note to press: We are not able to comment further until post sentencing

 

Published 12/04/19