QC at No5 Barristers’ Chambers defends cricketer in rape trial

Tue, 08 Jan 2019

A QC at No5 Barristers’ Chambers is defending a county cricketer accused of raping a sleeping woman.

Michelle Heeley QC is acting for Alex Hepburn, of Portland Street, Worcester, who was born in Perth, Western Australia.

Hepburn, 23, denies two counts of rape. He claims the alleged victim was awake and initial kissing led to consensual sexual contact.

The Worcestershire CCC all-rounder is alleged to have raped the woman in April 2017, shortly after she had consensual sex with one of his team-mates, Joe Clarke, following a night out.

Worcester Crown Court heard that a member of the public dialled 999 in the early hours after finding the complainant 'distressed and crying' in the street.

The prosecution alleges that Hepburn helped to set up a sexual conquest 'game' with friends on WhatsApp, with a 'stat chat' group created to record details of women its members had slept with.

A police interview conducted with the alleged victim was also played to the jury.

The case continues.

To read more about the case, visit https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-hereford-worcester-46788572

Michelle Heeley QC is a member of the crime group. To read her profile, visit https://www.no5.com/barristers/barrister-details/305-michelle-heeley-qc/

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