The cross-examination of Diane Brookhouse is over after seven days of questioning at Warrington Crown Court.

The 42-year-old finished today, Friday, in an agitated state, refusing to answer questions from Neil Flewitt QC, prosecuting.

During one exchange at Warrington Crown Court, Mr Flewitt asked the defendant about meetings she attended with cocaine ring leader husband Richard Brookhouse.

The court heard they met with drugs contacts in places like the B&Q car park, Delph Lane, Winwick, although Mrs Brookhouse denies any knowledge of what the meetings were for.

Mr Flewitt said: “You knew that he was out earning money for the family and he was doing it illegally.”

Mrs Brookhouse replied: “I didn’t know that then.

“I didn’t get out of the vehicle, I didn’t hear what they were talking about.”

When her claims were questioned by Mr Flewitt, she continued: “I’m not arguing with you, not today, I don’t feel well.”

Mr Flewitt then suggested the ‘only sensible explanation’ for the meetings was to discuss the £12m conspiracy.

Mrs Brookhouse said: “I’m fed up sitting here with you on at my head for days.

“There is only so much a person can take.

“If I give you an explanation I’d be lying so I’m not going to give you an explanation.” 

The court also heard that when such a meeting was being held, Mrs Brookhouse sent a text to family saying her husband was out 'earning money'.

Mrs Brookhouse, of Coronation Avenue, Grappenhall, has pleaded not guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs.

The trial will continue next week when witnesses for the defence will continue to give evidence.