MURDER victim Anna Backhouse's mother paid tribute to the "wonderful" daughter whose life was so brutally ended.
The 24-year-old was killed when her boyfriend, Julian Joseph, 27, launched a vicious late-night attack which left her with horrendous injuries.
Anna was the eldest of five children and her family miss her terribly.
Her mother, Val, said: "Anna grew up into a beautiful teenager and then into a wonderful young lady. She was my daughter and my best friend.
"She loved to spend time with us, especially with her three sisters - Gemma, Zoe and Samantha - and her brother, Daniel.
"She thought the world of her dad, too.
"She used to come over to the house regularly to see everybody."
Val added: "No-one ever had a bad word to say about Anna. She was a lovely person who was easygoing, caring and understanding.
"She loved to meet her friends to chat and socialise and do all the things that people do at her age.
"She just loved life. She even enjoyed going to work."
She had just been promoted to supervisor at Storey's Amusement Arcade on Victoria Lane in Huddersfield town centre.
Val said: "Anna never had a day off or complained about going in."
"Her life has been taken away from us at a time when she had such a lot to live for. We all miss her so very much."
Storey's manageress, Rita Gottardo, said Anna's relationship with Joseph had been violent.
She said: "Her murder came as a terrible shock, but we all knew he was mistreating her, mentally and physically.
"I'd seen her with a black eye before and she said he had done it. She had talked about leaving him several times, but clearly felt very intimidated."
Det Chief Insp Steve Hepplestone welcomed the life sentence passed on Joseph - and said the killer had never shown remorse.
"This was an appalling and prolonged domestic assault, causing horrific injuries," he said.
"So far, Joseph has shown no remorse for what he has done and seems unconcerned for the devastation he has caused.
"People who resort to this level of violence need to realise the punishment they will receive.
"My thoughts are with Anna's family who have to try to come to terms with what has happened," added Det Chief Insp Hepplestone.