The eighth day of the trial of Hoole man Nicholas Crawshaw gets under way at Warrington Crown Court today (Thursday, October 13). The 23-year-old is accused of 11 sex offences, including six rapes. Crawshaw denies all of the charges against him. Chronicle reporter Frances Barrett will be providing updates from today's proceedings.

Day eight comes to a close

Mr le Brocq has finished questioning Crawshaw, bringing the eighth day of the trial to a close.

Proceedings will resume at 10.30am on Friday.

Mr le Brocq re-examining Crawshaw

Defence counsel Mr le Brocq is re-examining his client. He asks about where Crawshaw took the photos of the trainers he was selling on Facebook and whether they were taken where the shoes were always placed. Crawshaw says yes.

'You’re the one that’s lying'

Concluding his cross-examination, Mr Mills says: “All of the women in this case have told the truth. You’re the one that’s lying to save your own skin, aren’t you?”

“No, not at all,” replies Crawshaw.

Crawshaw denies he was there

“Did you have consensual sex with the eighth complainant in that club?” Mr Mills asks.

Crawshaw says no and again denies that he was ever in Cruise that night.

Photo 'proves' Crawshaw was in Cruise

Mr Mills has moved back on to the eighth alleged victim, who claims Crawshaw raped her in a Cruise toilet in 2012.

The issue of the watch is being discussed again. Mr Mills suggests that the photo proves ‘conclusively’ that Crawshaw was there that night.

Crawshaw does not feel 'entitled'

Mr Mills continued: “I’m suggesting that you are a person who feels entitled to having sex with women, aren’t you?”

“No, not at all,” answers Crawshaw.

'Sudden sexual attacks'

The prosecution suggests to Crawshaw that he used relationship worries of three of the complainants to get close to them.

“You are a creature of habit,” said Mr Mills. “There is a pattern to what you do isn’t there. Sudden sexual attacks on women.”

Crawshaw denies this.

Allegations were 'made up'

Mr Mills refers back to the first complainant. Crawshaw agrees that he is saying she made up her allegations.

Manchester United 'lie' revisited

The jury are hearing about the Manchester United confusion again.

Mr Mills asks Crawshaw why he ‘lied’ about ever playing for them. But the defendant says he didn’t lie, he just ‘got something wrong’ because his ‘head was not in the right place’ due to concerns over his grandparent’s health.

Crawshaw 'always respected women'

Crawshaw is asked about his attitude towards women.

He says: “I have always respected women 100%. My family is dominated by women. My mum always used to have a go at me for being a womaniser. Being young and stupid, it would go in one ear and out the other but that does not mean I would ever hurt a woman.”

'I am not a rapist'

Mr Mills asks Crawshaw if he is suggesting that all the girls have colluded. “So they have all sat down together and this is a giant conspiracy, is it?”

Crawshaw agrees. He adds: “I have been a player and a womaniser but I am not a rapist. I am 24 years of age now. I’m past that.”

Crawshaw breaks down in dock

Crawshaw has broken down in the dock: “I had rumours started about me at a young age and then all of a sudden everything changed.”

Mr Mills said to members of the jury he is just trying to look to see if any tears are coming out. He accuses Crawshaw of being ‘arrogant and manipulative’.

Crawshaw hits back at 'coward' comment

Mr Mills puts it to Crawshaw that he is a ‘coward’, to which the defendant replies: “I am more of a man than you are. I’ve been locked up for 16 months.”

A ‘desperate attempt’

Mr Mills describes that as a ‘desperate attempt’ to ingratiate himself with the jury.

Crawshaw says that if he had raped all these women he would plead guilty and ‘do the time for it’ because he would not want to put himself and others through the court proceedings.

Was picture photo-shopped?

Going back to the banner for the crisp-themed club night at Cruise, Mr Mills asks Crawshaw whether he is suggesting that the photo has been photo-shopped. The question has been prompted by a note from the jury. Crawshaw accepts he has never once suggested this but says ‘I would not put it past the police’.

'Never manipulated evidence'

Crawshaw adds that he has never done anything to manipulate the evidence in this case.

Crawshaw: I have nothing to hide

Crawshaw explains that perhaps the first complainant knew he had a lot of trainers because he used to sell hats and shoes on his Facebook page.

Crawshaw insists he has nothing to hide: “If I have slept with a girl, I will tell you that. I am not hiding anything. This girl (the first complainant) had never been in my bedroom.”

Questioning begins

Mr Mills begins by asking Crawshaw why the first complainant, who the defendant denies even knowing, told the jury about a shoe collection Crawshaw had at his house. The eighth complainant also referred to seeing a large number of trainers in Crawshaw’s bedroom.

Back from the break

All parties are being called back into court.

This afternoon, prosecution counsel Simon Mills will begin cross-examining Crawshaw.

Break for lunch

Crawshaw adds that he felt they charged him anyway every time they questioned him. He said: “I have learnt a lot from this experience and I wouldn’t wish it on anybody.” That completes Crawshaw’s evidence in chief. The court has now broken for lunch until 2.45pm, when the prosecution will begin cross-examining the defendant.

Crawshaw doesn't trust police

Crawshaw is talking about how he feels the police have handled the investigation. He reveals that he does not trust them. “I don’t believe it every time they say they are investigating both sides. I got fed up of wasting my breath and my energy talking to them. Not at all do I trust them.”

Flirted with complainant

Mr le Brocq is questioning Crawshaw about an exchange of Facebook messages between him and the complainant. There is a reference to the pair having met twice before, which Crawshaw says both happened at Rosies. He admits he was attracted to her and that he was flirting. He said he hoped to meet up with her when he was back in the UK, and that nothing in her messages suggested she did not want anything to do with him.

Photo bomb

A photo of the defendant at Cruise nightclub is shown to members of the jury. Crawshaw says the watch - a replica Rolex - he is wearing in the picture was purchased at a market in Istanbul after his July 18 arrival so the photo could not have been taken before he left for turkey.

Mr le Brocq asks his client how he came to be in the picture. Crawshaw says he ‘photo-bombed’ the picture with an old friend.

But Crawshaw says it was ‘100%’ taken when he got back from Turkey around mid to late August

He adds that he is not sure why a banner for a crisp-themed club night was available that night when it happened the previous month, but that he was ‘100% not there’ at Cruise on July 17, 2012.

Istanbul airport

A date stamp of July 18, 2012, of entry to Istanbul airport on Crawshaw’s passport was shown to the jury. But Crawshaw admits that he is not seeking to say that this in itself is not proof that he was not at Cruise that night. He does insist though that he was at home with his family on the night in question

Was not in Cruise nightclub

The defendant says he met her in Rosies twice before that date and thinks they ‘possibly’ kissed but he cannot be sure. However, he denies he was in Cruise nightclub on July 17, 2012, and denies ever raping the woman. He said he ‘clearly’ remembers that he was not out and not in Cruise that night because he had an early flight to Turkey - where his dad had secured a job for him as he was unemployed at the time - and his mum had made sure he was in bed.

Final complainant

Now we are hearing Crawshaw’s evidence in relation to the eighth and final complainant’s allegation that Crawshaw raped her in a toilet at cruise nightclub on July 17, 2012.

Facebook message

He said he heard rumours in 2013 that she was telling people he raped her and had made her do things. He messaged her on Facebook asking why she was making things up, the court hears. Crawshaw says he does not know why she is making up these allegations, but she is ‘close friends’ with the third complainant.

'Friend with benefits'

The defendant is now telling the jury about his involvement with the seventh complainant, who he said was a ‘friend with benefits’. “I would not say we had a relationship. We were friends with benefits, friends who had sex with each other.”

To remind you, the seventh complainant claims Crawshaw raped her and assaulted her by penetration twice on one occasion between late Feb and early May in 2012 in Grosvenor Park.

Crawshaw continues evidence

The case has been called on again, following an extended break, and members of the jury have taken their seats

Crawshaw continues giving his evidence in relation to the sixth complainant, who claimed that there was blood on the bed after she says she was attacked. But Crawshaw says there was no blood after their consensual sexual activity.

Court takes a break

The court has now broken until 12.40pm while Judge Tina Landale deals with another matter.