The third day of the trial of Hoole man Nicholas Crawshaw gets under way at Warrington Crown Court today (Thursday, October 6). The 23-year-old is accused of 11 sex offences, including six rapes. Crawshaw denies all of the charges against him. Chronicle reporter Mike Fuller will be providing updates from today's proceedings.

End of day three

No more evidence will be put before the jury this afternoon.

Thank you for following these live updates from Warrington Crown Court.

The trial will resume in the morning.

Mum of alleged victim speaks

The court is hearing from the mother of the fifth complainant.

She says she heard about her daughter being allegedly raped through the complainant’s step-sister.

She said: “I was just horrified. I was shocked and full of questions.

“I went to speak to my daughter, but when she doesn’t want to speak to me about something in her private life I had to respect that. She was a different age when it happened.”

Another friend called

The court is now hearing from a friend of the fifth complainant, who also knows Crawshaw as an acquaintance.

He says the alleged victim told him about being raped by Crawshaw some six weeks after it has alleged to have happened.

The witness says she was ‘hesitant’ when telling him Crawshaw had raped her.

He said: “She was really angry at first that she had let it happen to her.

“I was infuriated and wanted to challenge him.”

Mr Le Brocq asks why the witness did not report it to police.

He replied the complainant had asked him not to and he did not want to ‘betray her trust’.

This is the end of his evidence.

'Uncomfortable'

Back to the sleepover, the witness says the same night she had to push Crawshaw off her as he tried to kiss her in her bedroom. She adds she told him to get off, which he did after ‘about five or 10 seconds’.

She said: “I felt uncomfortable about it because I had a boyfriend at the time and Nick knew that.”

Mr Le Brocq suggests the defendant did not go as far as she says, and it was enough to ‘put her off’ as she and Crawshaw had a sexual encounter at a later date.

This concludes her evidence.

Unaware of other allegations

Regarding the allegations made by the fifth complainant in the case, the witness says she hosted a party in the summer of 2010.

She says she cannot recall being told directly about any allegations against Crawshaw from the fifth complainant.

Sleepover

The court is now hearing evidence from a friend of the fourth and fifth complainants, who also knows Crawshaw.

She hosted a sleepover in the summer of 2010 attended by the fourth complainant and Crawshaw.

The witness says in the morning after the sleepover, the fourth complainant told her about Crawshaw sexually assaulting her by putting her hand down his pants.

'Nothing to complain about'

“You are friends with two of the other complainants in the case. Is one of the reasons you have come here with your accusations to try and help theirs?”

The witness replied: “No I didn’t want to come forward. I was approached.”

Mr Le Brocq said: “I’ve to suggest that’s because there is nothing for you to complain about.”

The complainant denied this.

Defence suggests complainant 'fully consented' to sex

Mr Le Brocq suggests what actually happened is Crawshaw and the complainant kissed and cuddled in the living room after reaching his house. He says the alleged victim then asked Crawshaw if he had a condom.

He said: “I’m saying you asked whether he had one available because you were willing to have sex with him.”

The witness says this is not true.

He said: “You had sexual intercourse together to which you fully consented.”

The complainant again denies this.

Mr Le Brocq continued: “It all having been over so quickly Mr Crawshaw actually apologised. He hadn’t had sex in a while and got rather excited.”

She says this is not what happened.

The defence says because the first encounter was so ‘disappointing’, the pair actually had consensual sex again at the complainant’s house a few weeks later.

But the witness again says this is not true.

Text messages

Mark Le Brocq, defending, is now cross-examining the complainant.

He said: “I want to put a different scenario to you.

“I’m going to put it to you that you were actually of age at the time this happened. Some of the texts between you were actually a bit flirtatious and it was you who texted saying you and Nick Crawshaw should meet up.”

Case called on again

Parties have returned to court after the lunch break.

The fifth complainant is in the courtroom giving evidence from behind a screen.

Simon Mills, prosecuting, asks her which of the other alleged victims in the case she knows. The witness confirms she is friends with the third, fourth and seventh complainants.

Extended lunch break

Judge Landale has decided to send the jury away until after lunch while these procedural matters a dealt with.

Court is due to sit again at 2.15pm.

Short break

There will be a short break for ‘procedural matters’ between the judge and counsel.

The jury leaves the courtroom.

Issue of consent

The footage being played to the court shows the interviewing officer ask the woman how she thinks Crawshaw would have known she was not consenting.

She responded: “I assume that he would’ve realised I didn’t want what was happening to me.”

That marks the end of her video interview.

Feelings of shame

The woman said: “I feel ashamed and disgusted about what happened.

“I’m not as trusting any more. I question things a lot.”

Eventually told friends and family

After the alleged incident the complainant did not see Crawshaw for ‘a while’, the court hears.

She first told a friend about 12 weeks later, as well as other friends and some family at a later date.

The complainant said: “I didn’t ever put myself in social situations with Nick, but I would see him on nights out.

“He would try and hug me and I would hate it, but I wouldn’t want to make a scene.”

It resurfaced in 2015 when she became aware of Crawshaw’s initial trial.

'I was scared of people knowing'

The complainant continued: “I was trying to think about what was happening. I didn’t really have time to catch my breath let alone understand how I got myself in this situation.

“I can’t remember what he did when he got off me, he just kind of sorted himself out.

“He suggested we go back out of the party. I just wanted to get out of there so I followed him.

“When I got back to the party I didn’t tell anyone. I lied because I was scared of people knowing because I hadn’t quite understood what had happened myself.”

'Shell shocked'

The alleged victim continued: “When we got to Nick’s we went up to his room and started going through his wardrobe.

“I sat down on the bed, the next minute he turned round and he had pulled his pants down and he had a condom on.

“I remember being shell shocked and I said ‘What are you doing?’

“He replied ‘Shh my mum is downstairs’, pushed me back on the bed and covered my mouth.

“It all happened so fast. I thought it was because he realised I didn’t want to and he was my friend.

“It was only when we got back out of the house I realised what had happened and he had a used condom.”

The woman said she walked with Crawshaw down the road, but she made her excuses and ‘convinced’ him she wanted to walk back to the party on her own.

Same friendship group

The complainant said she and Crawshaw had been friends for a few years ‘prior to the event’.

“We were part of the same social clique of friends,” she said.

“I was at a party and had been texting Nick throughout the day. I left the party and had arranged to meet him in Boughton.”

She thinks she was underage at the time of the attack.

She added: “I met him in a park and we were just chatting.

“I was in a short dress because I had been at the party. I said I wanted to go back. He said he would take me to his to get a hoodie and then walk me back to my friend’s.”

Proceedings resuming

The jury have been brought back into the courtroom and we should be ready to resume after that false start.

Technical difficulties

There are some technical issues with the DVD of the video interview.

Judge Tina Landale has risen and there will be a short delay before the DVD is played to the court.

Introduction of fifth complainant's evidence

The trial is almost ready to resume.

Moving on to the fifth complainant in the case this morning, the jury will first be shown her video interview.

She alleges Nick Crawshaw raped her at his family home in Boughton in July or August of 2010.

Please be aware we are not publishing any information which may lead to the identification of any of the alleged victims, who are entitled to anonymity for life.

Our reporter is ready to bring you live updates

Delayed start

The start of day three of the trial of Nick Crawshaw has been delayed by a sentencing hearing which has been taking place. However, the Crawshaw trial is due to resume within the next 10 minutes.

Day three soon to get under way

The third day of the retrial of Nicholas Crawshaw of Hoole is due to get under way at Warrington Crown Court this morning.

The hearing began on Tuesday with an opening address from Judge Tina Landale, a report on which can be found here.

In the afternoon, the first complainant in the case started giving evidence. The schoolgirl, who was under age at the time of the alleged offences, told the court how she was groped by Crawshaw on two separate occasions, one of them at school. You can read an account of her evidence here.

Yesterday, another complainant claimed she was raped in Grosvenor Park. An account of her evidence can be read here.

And you can find a report here of another alleged victim’s claim she was assaulted at a sleepover.

Our reporter Mike Fuller is back in court today to provide regular updates. You can read his full account of yesterday’s proceedings here.