In 2017, Alex Hepburn decided to play a game with his friends. A game in which he had to sleep with as many women as possible; these women became conquests, to be logged and rated.
“Every freshie has to be put into the chat with this detail (name, age, black or white, rate out of 10, yor [sic] performance out of 10, condom or no),” the Australian-born cricketer wrote in a WhatsApp message.
Four days later, he was under arrest.
The ex-Worcestershire county all-rounder was on Friday found guilty of one count of oral rape at the Worcester Crown Court in the UK, following a retrial. A jury found that the 23-year-old had raped a sleeping woman at a party in April 2017, but cleared him of a second count of rape involving the same victim.
The woman told police she had consensual sex with Hepburn’s then-teammate, Joe Clarke, earlier in the evening before falling asleep. Clarke had passed out in the bathroom after the encounter. The woman said she later woke to find a man, whom she believed to be Clarke, engaging in a sex act with her in the dimly lit room. She only realised it was Hepburn when he spoke.
Police Detective Chief Inspector Ian Wall said Hepburn had been in a position of trust and power and the victim had shown great courage and strength in coming forward. “I hope this conviction will provide reassurance to other victims of sexual offences, giving them the confidence that they will be believed … and that we will do everything to bring offenders to justice,” he said.
WhatsApp messages reveal sick game.
After the verdict was delivered, WhatsApp messages ruled inadmissible during a pre-trial hearing were released. The texts, recovered by police from mobile phone records, revealed the sick sexual conquests game Hepburn had devised with his friends prior to the assault.
In one message, Hepburn described himself and teammate Joe Clarke as a “pair of tens” who “should be banging models”.
In another message not heard by the jury Hepburn boasted: “Got to understand that Hepperdawg is a horny c*** and without you keeping my head straight just goes and does rogue things”.
Social media conversations which prosecutors claimed may have been “scores” from a previous sexual conquest competition were also kept from the jury panel. A message written by Hepburn said: “Oi last night was my 60th. Want 80 by the end of Worcs”. Clarke responded: “I reckon I’m about 75. I want 20 more this summer. Tough ask but reckon we have got it in us”.