The jury in the trial of a Napier man accused of "sadistic" offending against his girlfriend over two-and-a-half years need a second day to deliberate on their verdicts.
They have been allowed to go home tonight after six hours of deliberations, and will resume again tomorrow morning.
Timothy Hebberley faces 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.
During the week-long trial at the High Court at Napier, the Crown presented evidence to the jury that the 20-year-old allegedly branded his partner with 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.
It was 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 were laid after Hebberley allegedly threatened the complainant and her father with a knife, during a volatile incident when the pair split up late last year.
In her summing up today, Justice Helen Cull told the jury that it's for them to decide what evidence they accept or reject, and what weight they put on any evidence.
She said they must put to one side any feelings of prejudice and sympathy towards the complainant or the defendant.
She said Hebberley must be treated as innocent until the Crown has proven him guilty.
The onus is on the Crown to prove his guilt - Hebberley does not have to prove anything, Justice Cull said.
The judge told the jury that the Crown's case is that Hebberley admitted in his police interview that he punched the complainant four times, and kicked her. The defence claim he was only acting in self-defence.
Justice Cull said the defence case is that the accusations Hebberley burnt the woman with candle wax, cigarette lighters, hot wire, a lit cigarette, and intentionally dislocated her shoulders, hips and knees simply did not happen, and all sexual activity was always done with her consent.
She told the jury the Crown alleges Hebberley purposely locked the complainant in the wash-house with a vicious dog for two hours, while he stood outside and laughed.
She had to climb on top of the washing machine to keep from being bitten. The defence say that she shut herself in by accident, but the incident, as she described it, did not happen, Justice Cull said.
Justice Helen Cull finished her summing up, telling the jury that they must apply good common sense to their deliberations, and work as a team.
She said they must be unanimous in their 28 verdicts against Hebberley.
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