Woman At Centre Of Australian-Born Cricketer Rape Trial Breaks Down In Court
A woman who was allegedly raped by an Australian cricketer in the UK has been cross-examined about details of the alleged attack.
CONTENT WARNING: This article contains descriptions of alleged sexual assault.
The victim, who cannot be named, became tearful as she was questioned about the night Perth-born Worcestershire all-rounder Alex Hepburn allegedly raped her in April 2017.
Presenting the prosecution opening, Miranda Moore CQ told the court the alleged victim had consensual sex with Hepburn's English friend and teammate Joe Clarke after a night out.
She later woke to Hepburn allegedly performing a sex act on her.
"He speaks ... and she realises he has an Australian accent. And she realises it's Alex Hepburn," Moore said.
Hepburn has pleaded not guilty to two charges of rape, claiming on the opening day of trial at Worcester Crown Court that the woman was awake at the time and consented to having sex.
Giving evidence on Tuesday, the complainant denied she had felt Hepburn get into bed, woken up, opened her eyes and kissed him before performing a sexual act on him.
She reportedly denied a suggestion that her memory of her initial contact with Hepburn was "not completely clear".
When asked by Hepburn's barrister Michelle Heeley QC whether she was "fairly drunk" after drinking wine, Prosecco and spirits on the night of the alleged rape, the complainant responded: "I was tipsy, but well aware of what I was doing".
Telling the court some of the details were "a bit hazy", Heeley asked whether she remained still during sex with Hepburn.
The complainant then accepted the judge's offer of a break in proceedings, after which Heeley suggested she had "moved around the bed" during the alleged 20-minute incident.
Earlier, England Lions and former Worcestershire batsman Joe Clarke told the court he had left the bedroom where he had consensual sex with the woman to be sick in a bathroom, later falling asleep.
"I didn't want to be sick in front of her so I went to the bathroom," the 22-year-old told the court.
Clarke said the next thing he was aware of was the woman waking him up and saying: "Your housemate has just slept with me. Alex has raped me."
Asked by prosecutor Moore what his reaction had been, Clarke added: "I was very shocked. I put my head in my hands and just questioned it.
"It was a massive shock. I just kept saying 'What?' She shook me and woke me and just said 'Alex has raped me'."
Clarke, the court was told, then asked Hepburn about the claims and "he just said no and shook his head".
The court has heard both Hepburn and Clarke were involved in a sexual conquest "game" after setting up a "stat chat" page on WhatsApp to keep a record of sex with women.
Heeley described the "game" as "basically a contest as to who could sleep with the most women".
In her last question to Clarke, Heeley asked: "Is Alex still your best friend?"
Clarke responded: "Yes."
The defence case is due to start on Wednesday.
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