A JURY will begin hearing evidence today in the trial of a Worcester nightclub boss accused of using cocaine to 'stupefy and overpower' a woman before making sexual advances and of offering cocaine to two other women.

Darren Pinches, owner of Bushwackers and Browns in Worcester, appeared sombre in the dock at Warwickshire Justice Centre yesterday.

Pinches denies administering a substance (cocaine) with intent to stupefy or overpower the complainant so as to enable him to engage in sexual activity with her on January 1, 2017.

He further denies sexual assault, also on January 1, 2017 which was said to involve the sexual touching of the complainant without Pinches reasonably believing she was consenting.

Pinches denies possession of cocaine on January 13, 2017, supplying cocaine between February 9 and February 15, 2016 and offering to supply cocaine between September 3 and September 5, 2015.

The jury of six men and six women was sworn yesterday and the case will be opened by the prosecution today. The trial, which will be heard by judge Anthony Potter, is expected to last 10 days.

Before they were sworn in the jury-in-waiting was asked to 'stare' at the defendant by the judge to make sure they did not know him and a list of names of witnesses in the case including complainants and police officers was read out for the same reason.

Places relevant to the case in Worcester were also referred to including Bushwackers, Sin and Browns at the Quay.

The counts on the indictment were also read out to the jury.

The previous two days have been taken up with legal arguments and preparation work for the trial.

Pinches, who wore a dark suit and a tie, spoke only to confirm his name when asked by the clerk.

Pinches, aged 52 and of Bromyard Road, St John's, Worcester was formally arraigned in February this year at Worcester Crown Court where he denied all allegations against him.

At the hearing yesterday Robin Shellard appeared for the prosecution and Michael Burrows QC for the defence.

The Pinches family owns Sin in New Street, Browns at the Quay, and Bushwackers in Trinity Street.

The case has three complainants and is expected to involved video recorded interviews and live witnesses.

The trial continues.