One of Britain's worst domestic abusers is facing jail again

One of Britain’s worst domestic abusers who attacked his girlfriend with hammers and made her eat photographs of dead loved ones is facing jail again after throwing a Lucozade bottle at his new partner while she was driving

  • Craig Thomas, 42, had just been released from ten years in prison

One of the UK’s worst domestic abusers is facing jail again – after he threw a bottle of Lucozade at his new girlfriend while she was driving after she told him off for throwing litter.

Craig Thomas, 42, had just been released from ten years in prison for an horrific campaign of abuse against his ex when he lost his temper with the new woman in his life.

A court heard Hayley Farr was driving when Thomas tore the wrapper from a bottle of Lucozade and threw it out the car window.

Prosecutor Mike Curry said: ‘Ms Farr made a comment about it and he threw the plastic bottle into her face.

‘It caused swelling and bruising to her cheek and she had to stop at a shop to get an ice pack for it.’

Craig Thomas, 42, had just been released from ten years in prison for an horrific campaign of abuse

Charlotte Rooks, pictured showing some of the injuries inflicted on her by Craig Thomas

Thomas, one of the UK’s worst domestic abusers, is facing jail again

Thomas, who is 6ft 2in and weighs 18 stone, was due to stand trial for causing actual bodily harm to Ms Farr and a further charge of controlling and coercive behaviour.

He was accused of threatening her with violence, checked her mobile phone and demanded to know who she had been with.

But he changed his plea to guilty at Cardiff magistrates court where he was warned to expect jail when he is sentenced in November.

Thomas was jailed for 10 years in 2013 for attacking girlfriend Charlotte Rooks with hammers, stabbing her in the back, making her sleep naked standing up, and even forcing her to eat photographs and jewellery of dead loved ones as a bizarre punishment.

He was released in 2018 after serving half his sentence but was taken into custody after forming a relationship with Ms Farr over fears for her safety.

Thomas was released in June this year and went to stay with Ms Farr who had hoped to marry him despite his record of violence against women.

The first four weeks of their resumed relationship went smoothly but she was driving in Nantymoel, Bridgend, on September 6 when he threw the Lucozade bottle hitting her in the face.

Thomas ‘controlled’ Ms Farr between 10 July 2023 and 10 September 2023 when he was remanded in custody for both offences.

Prosecutor Mr Curry said: ‘There is video footage of Ms Farr sitting down with Thomas crouched over in an intimidating way – it’s threatening behaviour and verbal threats were made.

‘The defendant has all sorts of issues and difficulties – aspects of his behaviour were controlling.’

Ms Rooks – seen here during happier times – before she got together with Thomas

Charlotte Rooks was beaten with hammers and stabbed in the back by Thomas

The court heard Thomas is blaming his violence against woman on a brain injury he suffered in a hit-and-run accident when he was knocked off his cycle as a teenager.

Vaughan Britton, defending, said: ‘Only now is he starting to investigate what the impact could have been on his personality traits.

‘The defendant accepts there are numerous issues he needs to work on. He understands traits about himself which are very unattractive.’

Thomas asked to be remanded back to HMP Cardiff where he is getting help for his history of beating and controlling women.

‘He wants to use his time in prison productively,’ said Mr Britton.

District Judge David Webster adjourned the case for pre-sentencing reports and told Thomas he would qualify for a 20 per cent discount on his sentence for his plea of guilty.

He told Thomas: ‘All options, including a custodial sentence are open.’

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