A YOUNG mother was made a virtual prisoner by her in-laws, who abused, beat and humiliated her before murdering her, a court heard yesterday.
Rachel Hudson, 20, was beaten to death before her body was dumped in the grounds of Newstead Abbey, a stately home in Nottinghamshire in March last year.
Yesterday her in-laws were described as the "family from hell" as they went on trial at Nottingham Crown Court accused of her murder.
Ronald Hudson, 49, Trudi Hudson, 44, Ronald Hudson jnr, 23, Craig Hudson, 21, Andrew Hudson Makings, 34, Shane Hudson, 19, Elizabeth Hogg, 19, and Charlene Hudson, 18, all deny murder.
The same defendants and a ninth, unnamed co-accused have also pleaded not guilty to a second count of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Tim Spencer, QC, prosecuting, told the jury that all eight members of the family had played a part in Ms Hudson's death, turning her into a virtual prisoner at the family home in Overdale Road in the Stockhill area of Nottingham. Mr Spencer said: "In the language of television, she married into the family from hell. This family.
"They demeaned her, they insulted her, her will was sapped and her spirit crushed.
Occasionally she was allowed out, but only then with one or more family members to watch her every step and never allowed out with her two children.
"She was regularly beaten. Hardly a day went by that she did not suffer some form of insult or assault at the hands of one or more of those in the dock."
The court heard that her appearance changed so drastically in the three years after she married Craig Hudson that police at first thought they were dealing with the death of a young man.
The case continues.