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Jury fails to reach verdicts in rape trial of cricketer

Alex Hepburn arriving at Worcester Crown Court
Alex Hepburn arriving at Worcester Crown Court

By Matthew Cooper

The jury in the trial of ex-Worcestershire cricketer Alex Hepburn has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts.

The panel deliberated for more than nine hours before being discharged yesterday by Judge Jim Tindal.

The outcome followed a five-day trial held at Worcester Crown Court.

Australian-born Hepburn (23), whose address was given as Portland Street, Worcester, denies two counts of rape alleged to have been committed against a woman, who cannot be identified.

The incident was alleged to have take place in April 2017.

After the jury panel was discharged, the Crown Prosecution Service was granted a two-week period to consider whether to seek a retrial on the charges.

Hepburn, who wore a dark blue suit for the hearing, was subsequently bailed and a provisional retrial date was listed for April 8.

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