An alleged victim of Nicholas Crawshaw felt ‘ashamed and disgusting’ after being raped, a court heard.

The complainant said he attacked her in the same spot in Grosvenor Park in Chester where her friend was also raped by Crawshaw two years earlier.

She was the fourth alleged victim to give evidence in the ongoing trial at Warrington Crown Court.

Crawshaw, of West Street, Hoole, is accused of 16 sex offences, including 10 rapes, against seven victims between 2010 and 2015. He denies all the charges.

The alleged victim said: “I didn’t say anything straight away because I was ashamed and felt disgusting.

Warrington Crown Court where the trial of Nicholas Crawshaw, of West Street, Hoole, is taking place

“It makes me feel sick because he denies it happened. Sometimes I wish I had made it up because then I wouldn’t have had to go through all of this.”

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The complainant had previously had a casual sexual relationship with the 23-year-old when they arranged to meet at Grosvenor Park after 8pm on a night in March or April 2012, the court heard.

She did not know about the alleged incident involving her friend, but a mutual mate of the two complainants who did know warned her he was ‘not trustworthy’, the jury was told.

They had each just broken up with other partners and as they chatted on a bench Crawshaw allegedly said ‘the best way to get over someone is to get with someone else’.

Grosvenor Park in Chester
Grosvenor Park in Chester

She said he twice tried to kiss her and she refused the first time, but kissed him back the second before stopping because she thought it was not right because she wanted to get back with her boyfriend.

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The alleged victim said Crawshaw then kissed her neck and sexually assaulted her.

She stood up to get him to stop and picked up her things to go home, but the 23-year-old took her bag off her and convinced her to stay, the court heard.

After talking for a while longer Crawshaw invited her to a clearing where ‘you could see his house’, the same line he had used on the third complainant, the jury was told.

The alleged victim said it all happened ‘pretty quickly’ as the defendant pointed out his house before assaulting her for a second time.

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She said: “I wanted to walk away, but he grabbed my arm, held it behind my back and turned me round. I shouted for him to stop but I felt it was pointless because there was nobody else in the park.

“I didn’t think there was any point in trying to run away or trying to fight him, I almost accepted defeat.”

As they left the park Crawshaw told the complainant to not tell anyone what had happened, the court heard.

The 23-year-old denies the incident ever happened.

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The alleged victim said she did not tell anyone about it until two weeks later when she spoke to two of her friends.

She also talked to the friend who is another complainant in the case and they showed each other the same spot in Grosvenor Park where the attacks happened, the court heard.

Mark Le Brocq, defending, said: “The reason you are saying the same things is not because Nicholas Crawshaw tried the same line. It’s because you made up the same lie together.

“Are you really saying you didn’t think anybody would hear you if you shouted out?”

The complainant said she had seen Crawshaw on nights out since and would try to avoid him, but on one occasion ‘swung for him’ when he passed her in Rosies nightclub.

Crawshaw denies all the charges against him. The trial at Warrington Crown Court continues.