A cricketer prison sentence for raping a sleeping woman in his teammate's bedroom has been set to challenge his conviction at the Court of Appeal.

Alex Hepburn, 24, was jailed for five years in April last year for the attack, which took place in a flat in Worcester in 2017 in the first night of a sexual conquest competition. t he helped set up a WhatsApp group.

His appeal will be heard Thursday by Lord Chief Justice Lord Burnett and two other senior judges in London.

The Australian-born former Worcestershire all-rounder was told by the prosecutor that he & # 39; escaped & # 39; has been through the contest to sleep with most women before he committed the rape at his flat in Portland Street, Worcester, on April 1, 2017.

Jailed Hepburn at Hereford Crown Court on April 30 last year, Judge Jim Tindal told the cricketer that he and former teammate Joe Clarke had agreed to a "pathetic sexist game to gather as many sexual encounters as possible," after a similar stunt of & # 39 ; the previous year.

In comments on the WhatsApp conversation group, the judge said: "You probably thought it was lascivious behavior at the time.

& # 39; In truth, it was fierce sexism.

& # 39; It killed women and trivialized rape, a word you throw light on personally.

"Only now do you realize how serious rape is."

That night, Mr. Clarke had "done nothing wrong," having consensus sex with the woman, leaving her asleep while he, feeling unwell, entered the bathroom.

It was when Hepburn came home, "alone, drunk and frustrated" that he "saw a chance" and attacked the woman, the judge said.

The judge said: "That night Joe Clarke did nothing wrong – and neither did he."

Judge Tindal said to & # 39; e cricketer and said: & # 39; You thought you were God's gift to women.

& # 39; You saw her at that moment as a piece of meat, not a woman entitled to respect.

& # 39; Sex is what people do together, with that particular person at that particular time.

& # 39; Sex is never something a man does to a woman, with arrogant assumption of consent – in a relationship, let alone when you did.

& # 39; Like she said, in evidence, & # 39; that's rape & # 39; – that's what you did.

"In that moment, you have scarred your life forever."

A jury found Hepburn guilty of oral rape during a re-trial earlier this month, but knew him of a further count of rape in connection with the same victim.

The hearing will begin Thursday at 10:30 p.m.


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