A British man who tried to “beat the baby” out of his pregnant girlfriend has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Craig Thomas beat his partner three times with a vacuum cleaner pipe. His girlfriend was 11 weeks pregnant and feared he would kill her and the baby. Thomas, 33, hit victim with a hammer and threatened to pull out her teeth. Cardiff Crown Court heard how 33-year-old Thomas also threatened to pull the terrified woman’s teeth out, hit her with a hammer before ordering her to make him a cup of tea, and frightened her so much that she wet herself.
The judge in the case said it was the worst he’d ever seen.
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A thug who attacked his pregnant girlfriend, threatening to “beat the baby out of her”, has been jailed for 10 years.
Craig Thomas, 33, repeatedly hit his victim in the stomach in what judge Neil Bidder described as one of the worst cases of domestic violence he had ever seen, WalesOnline reported .
Cardiff Crown Court heard how Thomas, of Trenchard Drive in Llanishen, Cardiff, met the victim a few years ago when she was working as a dancer in one of the city’s clubs.
They became friendly and Thomas had comforted her when she told him about a former partner who had been violent towards her.
The pair started a relationship earlier this year and the defendant moved into her home.
It took about a week and a half for Thomas to begin acting violently towards his girlfriend, it was said in court, starting on a weekly basis and soon becoming a daily occurrence.
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The relationship lasted a couple of months, until Thomas was arrested.
The court heard how, on one occasion, he hit his victim round the head with a hammer it before taking her to the kitchen to clean the blood up and telling her to make him a cup of tea.
“I was expecting to die in this relationship and I thought this might be the time,” she said in a statement read out in court.