An alleged victim of Nicholas Crawshaw said he raped her after a night out in Chester, a court heard.

The woman said they went back to his house after chatting in Rosie’s nightclub, but when they got there he ‘would just not leave me alone’.

Crawshaw has said the encounter was consensual, but they did not have sex because of difficulties after they both took cocaine.

The 23-year-old, of West Street, Hoole, is accused of 16 sex offences, including 10 rapes, against seven victims between 2010 and 2015. He denies all charges.

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The complainant was on a night out with friends when she got chatting to Crawshaw in the smoking area of Rosie’s in June 2015.

She accepted she could have approached the 23-year-old, who was known to her, and asked if he could get her some cocaine, as was the defence’s case.

Rosies nightclub in Northgate Street, Chester

The pair took a taxi back to Crawshaw’s house where they each took cocaine; the alleged victim said this made her feel ‘spaced out’.

She said: “When we got up to his bedroom he just wouldn’t leave me alone. He was touching me and kissing me. I said I didn’t want to because I had a boyfriend.

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“He took my phone off me. We were on the bed and I think he lifted my dress up.

“I can’t remember much, but I think it lasted about five minutes. I was trying to push him off.”

Messages sent from the alleged victim’s phone showed she texted her then boyfriend after 3am saying ‘I’ve been forced to do it with Nick’ and ‘he’s so forceful’.

Mark Le Brocq, defending, said this was her ‘setting up an excuse for the next day’.

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The defence read out the texts exchanged between the complainant and her then boyfriend during the day before which showed them arguing.

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

He said: “You were pretty hacked off at him weren’t you? I’m going to suggest something to you. Did you at some point decide that night you were going to have a one night stand to get back at him?

“You had a drunken night out after having a fight with your boyfriend, spent the night at Nick Crawshaw’s and you simply regretted it.”

The alleged victim said this was not true.

Crawshaw and the complainant took selfies together the morning after, the court heard.

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Mr Le Brocq said: “You were showing affection to Nick Crawshaw in these pictures weren’t you? Why would you do that when you say he kept you there overnight and made you do things you didn’t want to do?”

The complainant said it was ‘just a picture’ and during today’s hearing, Crawshaw had to be edited out of them before she would look at them because she told the court she ‘didn’t want to look at his face’.

Her boyfriend had been texting her through the night asking what was wrong, but she had not replied until about 10am to say ‘Please be OK baby. I love you so much it’s all my fault’.

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Later on that morning she met her up with her boyfriend and initially told him she had stayed at a friend’s house.

Eventually she broke down crying and said she had stayed at Crawshaw’s and he had made her do things she did not want to do, the court heard.

It was at this time the police were informed about the allegations.

A medical examination done the next day found a graze on her elbow and a bruise on her inner thigh, but could not refute or support the rape claim.

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Crawshaw denies all the charges against him.

The trial at Warrington Crown Court continues.