A steroid-using weightlifter subjected his ex-female friend to terrible domestic abuse – pulling her hair, spitting at her or even pouring a kettle over her head. Body builder Garth Rees even broke into Bethan Thomas-Rees’ domestic earlier than “ramming” her dressing gown into her mouth and announcing: “Try screaming now.” Now Bethan has bravely spoken out towards the 22-year-old, who she met on courting app Tinder, after he was jailed over the abuse dished out to her and any other female. Bethan turned into smitten with the “charming” Rees once they first met, however says he turned into a monster when they moved into together just 4 months later.
“Garth had overall control over me. He cherished dictating who I will be pals with and he’d fly right into a rage if I did some thing he didn’t like,” she said. One day he fractured her ribs and advised her she “deserved’ the beatings he changed into dishing out. Bethan said he spat in her face and referred to as her “fats and unpleasant”.
Eventually Garth met a person else and they break up up – however the abuse didn’t stop there. In truth after a failed bid to win her again he broke into her parental residence. After she heard a noisy bang she ran downstairs to find him within the hall shouting “You ruined my lifestyles, now I’m going to destroy yours” before punching her. Bethan brought: “He accused me of messaging his new girlfriend and poured the kettle over me – fortunately the water was cold. “I screamed as he dragged me to the floor, stuffing the cord of my dressing gown in my mouth. “He then stole my cellphone and ran out in the road earlier than a passerby referred to as police.”
Rees, 22, of Bridgend admitted two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour and become jailed for 16 months as well as being given a 5-12 months restraining order from Bethan and the opposite lady. Sentencing him at Cardiff Crown Court closing 12 months, Judge Jeremy Jenkins said: “Your behaviour demonstrates which you are a man of ungovernable temper – a bully who selections on human beings physically weaker than yourself.” The court docket heard he met Bethan on Tinder in July 2017. Janine Davies, prosecuting, stated she to start with determined him “worrying and friendly” but he became aggressive following an issue later that year.
Prosecutors said Rees became “threatening and violent” after they moved in together in December, telling Ms Thomas-Rowlands: “Look at the size of you. If I desired to kill you or harm you I would.” The court heard he made derogatory feedback and known as her a “slut”. Three months later she defined him pulling her off a mattress by using her ankles, pulling her hair, spitting at her, and strangling her. Prosecutors stated on some other occasion he pulled her off a sofa then threw her towards a wall and punched her in the chest, fracturing of her ribs. When she asked why he said: “It’s the simplest manner to make you shut the f*** up.”
The court heard they separated in April because of his behaviour. She went to talk to him a month later and he punched her after she acquired a message from a person. Prosecutors stated he became up at her home in July and banged on her door, accusing her of sending messages to his new lady friend Lily Mainwaring. Ms Davies said he lifted her up by her dressing robe then pinned her towards the wall by way of her throat and “rammed” the dressing gown into her mouth and said: “Try screaming now.”
The court docket heard he grabbed her phone and took it to the bathroom where he held it below running water. She attempted to calm him down however he held his forearm throughout her neck and spat at her. Ms Thomas-Rowlands controlled to draw the eye of a passer-via and used their phone to call the police. The court docket heard he had a previous conviction in 2015 for causing criminal damage to his father’s automobile. Rees, 22, from Hafan-Y-Bryn in Bridgend, admitted two counts of controlling or coercive behaviour.
Stephen Robson, defending, usual there was “jealousy” and said his consumer become diagnosed with depression. He familiar Rees turned into abusing steroids and suggested he had suffered an “emotional breakdown”. Judge Jenkins defined the offending as “callous and repeated violence” over a prolonged time period. Rees held his head in his fingers as he turned into jailed for sixteen months. Brave Bethan stated: “I was sorely disenchanted by means of his sentence. “He’s a risk to himself and to the general public – and I do not