A JURY was continuing its deliberations today in the case of a Huddersfield man accused of murdering his girlfriend.

Anna Backhouse's boyfriend, Julian Joseph, is alleged to have murdered the 24-year-old amusement arcade worker at their home in Spinkfield Road, Birkby, last May.

Joseph, 27, a 19-stone fitness enthusiast, has denied the charge, although he accepts causing the injuries to Miss Backhouse during an alleged early morning row.

The jury at Bradford Crown Court has heard that a post- mortem examination of Miss Backhouse's body revealed 83 external injuries to her head and body.

She had 15 broken ribs and had also suffered cuts to her head, injuries to her neck and a fatal tear to her liver, resulting in significant blood loss.

Joseph has admitted repeatedly throwing Miss Backhouse to the floor during the row in their bedroom.

But he has denied having any intention to murder her or cause her serious injury.

Yesterday, barristers for both the prosecution and defence gave their closing addresses.

After summing up the evidence, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, sent the jury out to begin its discussions.

The jury was sent out at 3.50pm, but after about 40 minutes it was called back into court and sent home.

The deliberations began again this morning.