A man accused of murdering his ex-partner told police "it's too late, she's dead" when they found him next to her body, a court has heard.
Miklos Verebes, 29, was found covered in blood in the Carlisle home of Melinda Korosi on 15 September 2016, Carlisle Crown Court heard.
Ms Korosi, 33, died from a "combination of major injuries", prosecutors said.
Mr Verebes denies murder and three charges of raping Ms Korosi between 2012 and 2016.
Miss Korosi was pronounced dead at the scene having suffered severe injuries to her head and neck.
Two pieces of bloodstained rock were found by police at the scene, the court heard.
These were said to have been "capable" of causing the neck injury.
No defensive injuries were found on Miss Korosi's body.
Prosecutors said Mr Verebes told police they were were too late and that Ms Korosi was dead.
The trial continues.