A complainant in the trial of Nicholas Crawshaw said he raped her in the toilet of Cruise nightclub in Chester, a court heard.

The alleged victim said she was too drunk to consent during the incident in July 2012.

She was the fifth complainant 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.

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The complainant said she had met Crawshaw once before and ‘thought he was good looking and fancied him quite a bit’.

They were chatting in the VIP area, but she could not remember the conversation as she was an ‘eight’ on a 0-10 scale of drunkenness, the court heard.

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

The alleged victim said: “When somebody came out of the toilet I don’t know if he pulled me in. I just know I don’t remember making that decision to go in.

“He turned me round and started having sex with me.

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“It was really just a blur, but I don’t remember it going on for very long. I remember being sat on the floor in shock with my head spinning and he told me to get up.”

Pictures showing the complainant there were posted on the nightclub’s Facebook page. Crawshaw denies ever being in the club on the night but she said there was also a photo of him there.

The alleged victim said she did not want to speak to her friends who were asking what was wrong when they got home, but she eventually mentioned what happened.

It became a ‘joke’ that she had sex in a toilet, but she knew it was more than that, the court heard.

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The complainant and Crawshaw exchanged Facebook messages a few times after the alleged incident, including a four-day conversation in August 2012.

He was in Turkey at the time, but the messages seemed to show her agreeing to meet up when he got back.

The alleged victim said she replied because she ‘was trying to normalise the situation and could not accept what had happened’.

She said she never had any intention of meeting up with him again and has not seen him since the alleged incident.

Mark Le Brocq, defending, said: “Why did you reply? Why did you not think ‘Oh my God this guy who raped me is trying to make friends with me on Facebook’.

“You sent him three kisses in a text when you allege that two weeks earlier he had taken you into a toilet and had raped you.

“I suggest to you that there was nothing for you to normalise because it was a normal conversation to begin with.”

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The complainant was the one to tell the police about the Facebook conversations and did so because she wanted to be ‘truthful’, the court heard.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, said: “Was there anything done by Crawshaw on that night to secure your consent?”

The complainant replied: “No.”

She said she had decided to come forward after seeing an article stating Crawshaw had been charged on the Chester Chronicle website.

The 23-year-old denies all the charges against him

The trial at Warrington Crown Court continues.