Mum 'shocked' by injuries
A mother has told a jury of her shock at seeing her badly injured daughter in hospital following an alleged rape and torture ordeal.
The woman, who cannot be identified to protect the identity of her daughter, said: "She was so badly hurt.
"It was a picture no mother ever wants to see of her child.
"Her eyes were bloodshot and sunken, with bruising all over her face. I could see bruising up her arms."
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Earlier, prosecutor James House told Leicester Crown Court "almost every inch" of the 18-year-old alleged victim's body was bruised.
She was repeatedly beaten, tied up and burnt by her then partner, who held her captive inside their Leicester home for a week, it was claimed.
The 24-year-old defendant, who also cannot be named, denies false imprisonment, inflicting grievous bodily harm, three counts of rape and a sexual assault, between April 8 and 15.
The alleged victim said the defendant made her tell her mother by phone that three black men had attacked her.
She was too scared to tell the truth and told lies, on his direction, to avoid more beatings, the court was told.
The woman told the jury the defendant was responsible for all of her injuries.
She was punched, kicked, stamped on, hit with a pole and burnt with hair tongs, she said.
Her mother told the court she was aware of problems between the couple.
She said she received calls from her daughter during the week, unaware she was being held against her will.
She said her daughter told her she was "a bad girl," admitted taking drugs and having sexual activity with the three black men.
The mother said she advised her daughter and the defendant to call the police.
She said the defendant, during several conflicting phone or text conversations, accused her daughter of cheating on him, said she was "in a mess," that he was looking after her and also that they were going to split up.
The trial continues.