An “immature” cricketer has been jailed for raping a sleeping woman.
Ex-Worcestershire player Alex Hepburn assaulted the victim at his Worcester flat after she had consensual sex with his then teammate Joe Clarke in 2017.
The 23-year-old was found guilty of rape earlier this month and sentenced to five years at Hereford Crown Court.
Judge Jim Tindal told him the sexual conquest “game” he had set up on a WhatsApp group, was “laddish” behaviour that “demeaned women”.
Hepburn’s bid to collect “as many sexual encounters as possible” was “foul sexism”.
“It demeaned women and trivialised rape – a word you personally threw around lightly,” the judge said.
“Only now do you realise how serious rape is.”
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