A man who introduced himself as ‘Prince Charming’ dragged his fiancée by the hair, bit her and broke her ribs in a terrifying campaign of domestic violence.
Jamie Thomas, 30, was sentenced to three years in prison on Thursday for inflicting a “prolonged and persistent assault” on his ex-partner Laura Williams.
Horrific images of the injuries reveal the extent of Thomas’ sickening abuse, which was carried out to a “appalling extent”, Cardiff Crown Court heard during his trial.
Despite having a history of violence against his romantic partners, Williams said Thomas posed as a “Prince Charming” and a “nice guy” when they first got together in 2018.
And although others warned her about her sick history of domestic abuse, the bully managed to convince her that he had changed his ways.
Laura Williams (pictured) said he introduced himself as a “prince charming” and a “good guy”.
Jamie Thomas, 30, was sentenced to three years in prison for inflicting a “prolonged and persistent assault”
Prosecutors told the court that Laura’s four-and-a-half-year relationship had deteriorated in October 2022, but the couple got back together in January 2023.
Thomas bit her left breast and laughed when she told him to get off. Her shocking injuries are seen here.
But within just eight months, he became jealous and violent, threatening to kill himself if she thought about leaving him and manipulating her into staying with him.
Prosecutors told the court that Ms Williams’ four-and-a-half-year relationship had deteriorated in October 2022, but the couple got back together in January 2023.
But weeks after they got together, he became violent with her when they went away for the night.
As she undressed, Thomas continued to make sexually violent comments about what he wanted to do to her, before attempting to act on them.
Rejecting her violent advances, Thomas bit her left breast and laughed when she told him to get off.
She retreated to a corner of the room and he ended up falling asleep that night. But in the morning, seeing that a large bruise had formed, he did not apologize.
Embarrassed, she did not seek medical attention. Since then, the injury has left a large scar.
Just two months later, after she went to his home in Ely, Cardiff, he menacingly told Ms Williams that she “was his” even though they had broken up at the time, adding that he “didn’t want to see her.” “. with anyone else.’
An x-ray revealed that he had broken two ribs.
After falling asleep in her living room, she woke up to Thomas “smashing” her phone after seeing messages from another man.
He then began to “pull” her off the sofa, before violently grabbing her by the hair.
He then dragged her into the hallway and insulted her, calling her “fat,” “ugly” and “scum.”
Thomas told him he was “fucking around.” [his] head’ while trying to run up the stairs and escape. But she was knocked down and he punched her twice in the ribs.
She screamed ‘you’ve hurt me’, but he didn’t apologize.
Only after she escaped did he apologize via text message and tell her he “loved her.”
But he was in “unbearable pain” and couldn’t lift his arm. An x-ray revealed that she had broken two ribs.
Just a week later, while the couple were celebrating her birthday, he ‘grabbed her by the hair’ and slapped her across the face, causing her to turn red and a piercing in her ear to start bleeding.
He also pushed her to the ground, despite knowing that her ribs were broken.
Williams says while he was “shaking” in front of Thomas in court
Ms Williams eventually decided to formally report the abuse to the police after receiving support from Women’s Aid.
She says she was left with emotional scars and has trouble trusting men after the abuse.
Williams finally decided to formally report the abuse to the police after receiving support from Women’s Aid when she received treatment for her ribs and an incident in which he followed her when she was in the car with one of her children.
‘He chased me in the car with my little son in the car. And I thought I had to go to the police, I can’t put my children through this. I think I knew he was losing control over me. In the end I told him that he had called the police and he told me ‘they should lock me up, I deserve it’.
She says that while she was “shaking” in front of Thomas in court, watching him mock her as he was sent away made her realize that, despite his guilty pleas, he has not taken responsibility for his crimes. “He is a narcissist through and through. He will never change.
‘When I was on the bench he laughed at me. And when they sent him down he was laughing at me. That to me is ‘I’m not done with you, just wait until I get out.’ He was just thinking ‘no, you have to be strong’. He has controlled you for most of your life, you have to do this, he needs to know what he has done.
‘I was shaking. I looked at him and he looked at me and I started crying. I just thought ‘you’ve done all this, you’ve put me through all this’.
She says she has been left with emotional scars and finds it difficult to trust men after the abuse. “I have panic attacks regularly, I’ve been referred for PTSD, my mental health is off the radar, it’s bad.
‘I won’t trust again. I used to tell him: ‘you are the love of my life, I have loved you more than any of my ex-partners’ and now he has, how can I trust another man? What if they hit me? me too? I’m really skeptical of men.
‘I have a lot to heal and process. I don’t think it’s sunk in yet. The mental health team told me I developed dissociation, meaning I talked about it like it was nothing. There were no emotions at all. When it was in court, I really cried.”