Brave mum unveils bruised body after 23 stone ex’s stream of violence

A woman left feeling “broken and worthless” after she horrifically attacked by her 20-stone ex-partner has shared images of the “agonising” bruises covering her body. Brave Jessica Davies has spoken out after she endured years of controlling behaviour and abuse at the hands of 6ft Thomas Parry, who she met when she was just 15.

In one incident Parry, who towered over 5ft 3in Jessica, smashed her face and stamped on her as their son, aged two, lay poorly with chickenpox in another room, the Sun reports. She recalled how she had to crawl to his room just to give him Calpol.

After leaving him when she was 19, he manipulated her back into his life by promising he had changed, but before long he was back to his old ways.

Parry proceeded to attack her after they had returned from her father’s 70th birthday party and demanded to know details about her sex life with a former partner before violently assaulting her in August last year.

Ms Davies said in an account to The Sun: “He grabbed my hair and began smashing my head on the sofa. He spat and stamped on me with his trainers and I was semi-conscious at one point. The pain was so horrific my body went numb.

“My body was black and blue all over from the bruises. He hit me so hard in the face there was blood everywhere from my nose.

“When I saw myself in the mirror I barely recognised myself. He beat me so hard – I could barely walk and I hurt so badly. I was in absolute agony.” In pictures taken of her injuries Ms Davies’s skin is barely visible under the carpet of bruises covering her body.

Ms Davies, now 23, is speaking out to help others who may be suffering domestic abuse and to raise awareness of red flags which might signal they are in abusive relationship.

Parry, 29, was jailed four years in March at Cardiff Crown Court, with half his sentence to be spent on licence. The court heard he had 14 previous convictions, including for common assault.

Miss Davies said: “I really believed he was going to kill me. He was a hulk of a man. He was absolutely savage and tried to dehumanise me in every way he could. He told me nobody could stop him.

“When I saw myself in the mirror I barely recognised myself. He beat me so hard – I could barely walk and I hurt so badly. I was in absolute agony.”

Ms Davies detailed how she wrote a goodbye letter to her son on an email account she set up and how Parry would keep her locked up at home. After one brutal attack she said she had to crawl to her son in the next room to give him medicine.

When Ms Davies showed pictures of her sickening injuries to her family they contacted police with officers on the case being moved to tears when they saw them.


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Ms Davies said warning signs of abuse can be controlling behaviour, such as someone who takes your phone or controls what you wear, and a partner who alienates you from friends and family

Teresa Parker, head of media relations for Women’s Aid, said Jessica had been courageous to share her story.

She said: “Jessica is so courageous speaking out about the horrendous abuse she experienced, and as she explains, it was not limited to physical abuse but was controlling too – abuse can take many forms.”

Anyone wanting to talk to someone about abuse can find more information on Women’s Aid website here, or call the National Domestic Abuse Helpline – 0808 2000 247 – / (run by Refuge)


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