The judge in the trial of a woman accused of murdering Newsome dad-of-three Martin Ackroyd is due to sum up the case to the jury tomorrow.

Nicola Bedford, 30, is alleged to have been involved in the brutal killing of the former pub licensee whose body was found at his flat in Ashenhurst Rise in May.

Surjit Singh Sidhu, 49, of New Hey Road, Oakes, has already pleaded guilty to the murder of Mr Ackroyd, but Bedford, of Blackers Court, Thornhill Lees, Dewsbury, has denied the offence.

She told the jury at Bradford Crown Court earlier this week that she was scared of Sidhu and he told her to get out of the living room while attacked Mr Ackroyd.


Bedford, a drug addict and a prostitute, claimed that when she came back into the room she saw Mr Ackroyd with his hands tied to the bed frame and Sidhu pulling a length of cable tightly around his neck.

She said later she also saw Sidhu pulling a plastic bag across his victim’s face.

Today prosecutor Nicholas Campbell, QC, and defence barrister Nicholas Tehrani, QC, presented their closing speeches to the jury and the Honourable Mr Justice Coulson was expected to sum up the case tomorrow (Fri).

The jury are due to retire to begin their deliberations on Monday.