A jury has been told that a pensioner whose body was found in a freezer in Newcastle had been abusive to his partner for years.
The body of Peter McMahon was discovered at a flat in the Elswick area of the city last December.
His girlfriend Sharon Swinhoe, and her friends Joseph Collins and Ronald Douglas, are accused of murdering him and concealing his body.
Giving evidence today, Sharon Swinhoe claimed that Peter McMahon had regularly assaulted her, and on one occasion had locked her in her house, although no charges were ever brought.
All three deny murder and the trial continues.
More top news
Kerrie brings you Sunday night's forecast
Clear weather develops overnight into Monday. Cold days and frosty nights. Mainly dry inland - but a wintry risk continuing in the east
Icy first thing and windy, with wintry showers lingering further south, especially at the coast. Brighter elsehwere