Australian cricketer found guilty of raping sleeping woman

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Australian-born former Worcestershire county cricketer Alex Hepburn has been found guilty at a retrial for orally raping a sleeping woman as part of a sex game conducted on WhatsApp.

The BBC and Sky television reported the jury delivered a unanimous guilty verdict on one count of oral rape after deliberating for nearly 11 hours.

The 23-year-old was cleared of a second rape charge involving the same woman, who had earlier had consensual sex with teammate Joe Clarke in his Worcester apartment after a night out with friends on April 1, 2017.

Hepburn had denied both charges.

He will be sentenced at Hereford Crown Court on April 30, with the judge warning a custodial sentence was inevitable.

The earlier trial in January failed to reach a verdict.​