Murder accused woman who ‘battered her lesbian lover so hard she looked like the elephant man had a personality disorder’

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A WOMAN accused of battering her lesbian lover so hard she looked like elephant man has a personality disorder, her murder trial heard.

Becky Reid, 32, is said to have regularly attacked mum-of-one Lyndsey Vaux, 30, to leave her with serious head injuries.

 Mum-of-one Lyndsey Vaux, 30, was battered so hard she was left looking like elephant man, a court heard

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Mum-of-one Lyndsey Vaux, 30, was battered so hard she was left looking like elephant man, a court heard
 In the months before Lyndsey died on May 22 last year, she appeared downtrodden, malnourished, hungry and thirsty

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In the months before Lyndsey died on May 22 last year, she appeared downtrodden, malnourished, hungry and thirsty

Reid, along with her mother Gillian, 57, both from Wigan, Lancs, are jointly charged with the murder of Lyndsey.

They are also charged with grievous bodily harm on another woman, Samantha Newns, now 37, a previous partner of Becky Reid.

In the months before Lyndsey died on May 22 last year, she appeared downtrodden, malnourished, hungry and thirsty.

She was constantly bruised and going downhill rapidly after suffering at the hands of both mother and daughter, it is alleged.

Often Lyndsey would be sent out begging by Reid to feed her own alcohol and cannabis habits and if she did not bring back enough money, would be beaten, the jury heard.

Both defendants deny a single charge of murder and one count of grievous bodily harm.

Becky Reid denies any violence was used against Lyndsey.

 Often Lyndsey would be sent out begging by Reid to feed her own alcohol and cannabis habits and if she did not bring back enough money, would be beaten, the jury heard

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Often Lyndsey would be sent out begging by Reid to feed her own alcohol and cannabis habits and if she did not bring back enough money, would be beaten, the jury heard
 Samantha Newns, now 37, is also said to have been attacked by Becky Reid and her mum Gillian

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Samantha Newns, now 37, is also said to have been attacked by Becky Reid and her mum Gillian

Consultant forensic psychologist Cleo Van Velsen ruled Reid did not suffer from severe mental illness or psychosis.

But the expert said she had a borderline personality disorder which may offer a “partial defence” for her actions.

On the day she died, Gillian Reid called an ambulance to the house the three women shared in Platt Bridge, Wigan, with Becky Reid telling medics her partner had “just collapsed”.

Lyndsey had lost eight stone and a post-mortem examination revealed 90 external injuries as well as serious internal injuries, including rib fractures.

Experts ruled she died not from a single fatal injury but from the combined effects of multiple injuries.

After her death, neighbours and local shopkeepers came forward to say Lyndsey was regularly seen being attacked.

On one occasion Gillian Reid is said to have climbed off her mobility scooter to kick Lyndsey in the ribs.

The trial was adjourned until Monday.

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