The jury in the High Court trial for a Napier man accused of sexually abusing and torturing his partner for two-and-a-half years are heading for their third day of deliberations.

Yesterday they were allowed to go home for the night for the second time, after starting their deliberations on Tuesday morning.

Timothy Hebberley is waiting to hear his fate on 28 charges including rape, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection, injuring with intent, assault with intent, male assaults female, assault with a weapon, kidnapping, threatening to kill, intimidation and threatening grievous bodily harm.

The Crown alleges the 20-year old branded his partner with a hot wire, burnt her with lighters, cigarette butts and candle wax, intentionally dislocated her limbs, and locked her in a small room with a dangerous dog for two hours.

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It's also claimed he punched, kicked and strangled her, assaulted her with a knife, cups, plates and an X-box controller, threatened to kill her, and kidnapped her.

Two grievous bodily harm charges relate to allegations Hebberley threatened the complainant and her father with a knife during a volatile incident when the pair split up late last year.

The defence claim he was acting in self-defence, and any sexual activity was done with his partner's continual consent.

Justice Helen Cull addressed the jury on Tuesday, to say that they must apply good common sense to their deliberations, and work as a team.

Justice Cull said they must be unanimous in their 28 verdicts against Hebberley.