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Cricketer Alex Hepburn: Rape trial jury discharged

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The jury in the trial of Alex Hepburn has been discharged.

Jurors have failed to reach verdicts in the trial of a cricketer accused of raping a sleeping woman.

Former Worcestershire CCC all-rounder Alex Hepburn, 23, had denied two charges said to have been committed last April.

Jurors deliberated for more than nine hours before telling the judge there was no realistic prospect of them reaching verdicts.

Mr Hepburn will learn if he faces a retrial within two weeks.

Before the jury was discharged, trial judge Jim Tindal gave a majority direction, meaning he would accept verdicts on which at least ten members agreed.

But the group of eight women and four men eventually passed a note to Mr Tindal informing him of the deadlock.

Australian-born Mr Hepburn, of Portland Street, was released on bail.

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