A JURY heard details of a catalogue of injuries suffered by a Huddersfield woman who was allegedly murdered by her boyfriend.
Julien Joseph, who has denied murdering 24-year-old Anna Backhouse at his mother's home in Spinkfield Road, Birkby, last May, was found nursing her dying body in his arms.
But the prosecution alleges that Joseph, 27, struck her over the head with two deodorant cans, grabbed her round the throat and stamped on her.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that there were 83 injuries to Miss Backhouse's head and body, as well as 15 broken ribs and a laceration to her liver which had caused massive blood loss.
Prosecutor Simon Bourne- Arton QC said Miss Backhouse, who worked at an amusement arcade in Huddersfield, had died at the hands of Joseph.
"She died as a result of sustaining a laceration to the liver which resulted in massive loss of blood," he told the jury.
"Further, she had an acute head injury and there were signs of significant manual pressure around her neck."
The court heard that the night before her death Miss Backhouse, who had known Joseph since she was 20 and had lived with him at his mother's since 2001, had been for a girls' night out in Huddersfield.
Joseph had been out with a friend and it was likely that he had returned to their home before Miss Backhouse in the early hours of last May 16.
Mr Bourne-Arton said that at about 7am Joseph's mother, Madeline Thomas, an auxiliary nurse, received a call from her son telling her to "come home now, because Anna's not moving".
When she entered their bedroom Miss Backhouse was in a sitting position on the floor, being supported by Joseph and making gurgling noises.
Joseph is alleged to have said: "Anna's tired. She was OK five minutes ago."
An ambulance control operator is said to have heard Joseph say: "I pushed her and she banged her head."
Mr Bourne-Arton said Joseph had tried to call his mother earlier that morning, but had had second thoughts.
There were signs that he had done some tidying up following his assault on Miss Backhouse.
He said blood-stained sheets had been put in a washing machine and other items had been put in a waste bin.
Despite the efforts of paramedics, Miss Backhouse was pronounced dead at the scene. Joseph is said to have told them they had had "a domestic".
Joseph told police that Miss Backhouse had "trashed the place"' during an argument, said Mr Bourne-Arton.
He said Joseph would admit he had caused the injuries, but would deny any intent to murder or seriously injure his girlfriend.
Joseph told police Miss Backhouse had banged her head on a games console and a metal chair.
Mr Bourne-Arton said Joseph claimed Miss Backhouse had started the argument and he pushed her away.
The trial continues.