Nick Crawshaw’s parents both denied accusations from the prosecution that they were lying in court to support their son’s case during his rape trial.
Crawshaw is charged with 16 sex offences, including 10 rapes, against seven victims between 2010 and 2015. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges against him.
Mark Le Brocq, defending, called the 23-year-old’s mother to the witness box at Warrington Crown Court on Friday (February 26) to ask her about some of the allegations.
Elizabeth Crawshaw said she could not remember an occasion when her son brought two young girls back to their house in 2010.
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Part of the first complainant’s evidence is Crawshaw’s brother was asleep on the sofa when she and the defendant got to the house.
Mrs Crawshaw disputed the alleged incident happened because she would not leave his younger sibling alone in their home.
Simon Mills, prosecuting, said: “I just want to be direct because it’s fair, I don’t want to upset you. You have come here to try to help your son out but in the wrong way.”
Mrs Crawshaw said: “I’ve come here to say the truth. I’m under oath. I’m not telling any lies.”
The day began with the prosecution disputing Crawshaw’s evidence surrounding a photo they claim proves he was in Cruise nightclub on the night he allegedly raped the fifth complainant in the case.
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The defendant says the photo was taken at the club at a later date after he got back from visiting his dad in Turkey.
He added the fake gold Rolex watch he is wearing in the picture was purchased while he was in Istanbul.
Mr Mills said: “How is it that you only mentioned this for the first time under cross examination? You have lied about this and tried to ambush the prosecution.”
Crawshaw denied this and said he had not had the chance to look at the picture closely and only noticed the watch when he saw the photo on the screen right next to the witness box.
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Mrs Crawshaw also said she could not remember her son going out to Cruise on the night of the alleged incident and remembered waking up at 2.30am because he had left his television on.
His father was called to give evidence about the fake Rolex.
When asked by Mr Mills if he was trying to help his son out, Gary Crawshaw said: “I’m trying to help my son yes. I would not perjure myself.”
He said the timepiece in the disputed photo was ‘similar’ to the one he had bought for his son in Turkey.
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The police put together a PowerPoint presentation for the jury which showed Crawshaw in the club before and after the alleged incident in July 2015.
Detective Sergeant Lianne Macfarlane said in her opinion the watch was the same as one the 23-year-old was pictured wearing in the club on a date earlier than in July.
Mr Le Brocq said she was ‘just trying to make this evidence fit your case’.
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The defence said: “You are no expert in identifying watches are you? And this is hardly high definition photography?"
DS Macfarlane answered no both times.
The trial at Warrington Crown Court continues.