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Tia Bryan, 25, was also beaten with a mobile phone and rammed into a wardrobe during just one month of dating 27-year-old Tobias Clarke, a court heard. However, despite the court being told about a sickening catalogue of violence against other girlfriends, the jealous thug walked free from court – after being handed a 16-month jail term suspended for two years, reports Birmingham Live.
I was laying on my front and he was just taking chunks out of my back with his teeth. I was wearing two layers of clothes, a t-shirt and a jumper yet he still he managed to do that damage
Speaking to help other domestic abuse victims, Tia recalled the moment Clarke bit through two layers of clothing – leaving infected teeth punctures in her skin – because she had received a text off a male friend. He also spat at Tia at the cinema.
Tia claimed today: “I’ve had a screwdriver to my neck, he’s hit me with phones, his hands, his feet – everything.
“The two worst things were the bite marks and when we went to the cinema – that by far was the worst day of my life.
“I was laying on my front and he was just taking chunks out of my back with his teeth. I was wearing two layers of clothes, a t-shirt and a jumper yet he still he managed to do that damage.
“The guy is a monster, an absolute monster.
“He has got to be one of the most dangerous men in Birmingham and he gets a slap on the wrist.
“It does not make sense after the scars and the mental scars… it’s just disgusting.”
Tia, of Bartley Green, Birmingham, met Clarke via a dating app in July 2019 – mere months after Clarke’s mugshot was circulated on social media as part of a police hunt over a previous serious assault.
Unfortunately, Tia had no idea Clarke was a wanted man – and nor was she aware of his 12 convictions for battery, the majority against women.
“We were talking over the phone and he was fine, we talked for a good couple of weeks,” she recalled.
She had been living with two close friends at the time, but both were away on holiday when Tia invited Clarke over for their first meeting at the flat.
She told how just four days after they met, Clarke flew into a jealous rage over messages from her male friends – and beat her for the first time.
“When he beat me up the fourth day in, that’s when it clicked I was his girlfriend,” she claimed.
“He said to me: ‘I don’t want you to talking to anyone else’. That’s when I thought, ‘s***, I can’t get out of this one’.
“I still had male friends who I’d known for a long time messaging me and he didn’t like that. We weren’t in a relationship so I questioned: ‘Why are you beating me up for this reason?’
“That’s when he broke my phone. He basically didn’t leave after then.”
After beating her, she claimed Clarke would sit in the corner of the room with a knife to his own neck and threaten to harm himself.
“That made me feel bad – it was manipulative,” she added. “As soon as he did that I was crying saying: ‘No please don’t.'”
With no phone and alone in her friends’ flat, she said the violence spiralled and she felt trapped by a thug she barely knew.
“From there it was just hell, absolute hell,” she claimed.
“When I was at my friends’ property I found I couldn’t get away because he was always there and when he’d go, I felt like he was waiting round the corner for me to walk out. That’s the kind of person he is.
“I felt like I was trapped in there. It was hard because there was nobody around me, I was in a flat on my own that wasn’t mine.
“He just made me feel guilty, it was guilt all the time, making me feel like s***.
“He would say: ‘Nobody’s going to be with you because you’re fat, you’re disgusting, this that and the other.”
The jealousy-fuelled attacks continued, she claimed, with Clarke spitting in her face at the cinema in one incident.
“I was brought up in Bartley Green and I knew quite a lot of people, one of my best friends walked in as we were sitting down and so I pointed him out,” Tia continued.
“He (Clarke) turned around and spat in my face and said: ‘How dare you look at other men while you’re in my presence, especially while we’re out in public.’
“I sat there and cried throughout the whole film, I couldn’t move.
“I was going to get up and leave, but I knew if he followed me when no one was outside, he would genuinely beat the s*** out of me.
“I had to wait until the film ended. When we got outside, he hit me up the face, pulled my extension out of my hair and threw it across the car park.”
Within less than half an hour, Clarke had apologised over the incident and the pair were back at her friends’ flat.
“We ordered food and because I went downstairs in my shorts and my dressing gown, when I came back up he then hit me for that because he thought I was trying to get attention from the delivery driver,” she claimed.
Tia’s friends returned from holiday a couple of days later and helped her to move into a property of her own.
In front of her friends, she says Clarke was ‘the nicest person in the world’ – but behind closed doors, he was a ‘monster’.
“He was fine until we moved into my property, that’s when I knew there’s just no escaping this,” she recalled.
“At this point he made me change my mobile number, so the only people I had in my phone were him, my mother who lives four hours away and my granddad was in there.
“My friends knew something was going on, they were going to turn up and kick him out but it was the day I left him anyway.”
Tia added: “When he was biting me I was screaming, that scream came out of nowhere, I’ve never screamed like that in my life. He was telling me to shut the f*** up.
“After that he kind of calmed down a bit. I was crying and screaming on the sofa that I wanted my mum, and he was cleaning my bite wounds with toothpaste and salt.”
The following day, Tia had a course to start a job providing personal care for people with brain injuries.
While she slept, possessive Clarke had been through her bank statements and found she had previously given money to a male best friend.
“He beat me up for that, that’s when he rammed me into my wardrobe and was kicking and punching. This was the morning of my course,” she claimed.
“After that I got dressed, still crying and with cold tea in my hair where he’d tipped it over me.”
Despite everything, she got the bus and attended the course where the practical side of helping men with brain injuries was discussed, including helping dress them.
But Clarke, from Northfield, Birmingham, flew into his final rage in a phone call.
Tia said: “At lunch time he asked how it was going. I told him what the job entailed and he said: ‘You can think twice if you think my girlfriend is going to be touching men’s d****.
“I said they’ve got brain damage they can’t get dressed themselves, but he said: ‘I don’t care, you better get home now. if not I’m battering the s*** out of you’.
“At that point I said to myself, enough is enough, I’m not going home.”
After the chilling threat, she revealed all to her course tutor, showing the fresh bite marks beneath her top.
Her tutor called her grandparents and West Midlands Police, with officers from the force meeting Tia back at her grandparent’s home and others waiting for Clarke at her property.
“That’s how I got out. We were only together for a month, it honestly felt like a lifetime. It was horrible,” she claimed.
“When I was giving my police statement, the police officer said: ‘Are you aware of his convictions?’
“I told them I wasn’t aware he had any, and they said: ‘Oh, well, just know that you’re lucky to be alive’. But if I’m lucky to be alive, why is this guy not in prison?”
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Eventually, almost a year later, he was arrested. And last week, he was brought before a Birmingham Crown Court judge to face justice over the attack.
Clarke’s 12 separate battery convictions, most against ex-girlfriends, were mentioned in sentencing but Judge Richard Bond handed Clarke a suspended sentence of 16 months for two years.
He told the court he had taken into account his early guilty plea and the fact he had recently served a substantial custodial sentence for harassment and assault.
Sentencing, Judge Bond told him: “You are a man who does not know how to treat women.
“You have 12 separate batteries on your record and having read the pre-sentence report it is clear the majority of victims are women with whom you had a relationship.
“What you did to your partner at the time, in a fit of rage and jealousy, was to bite her on at least three occasions.
“You used your teeth as a weapon.
“You are not just jealous when you go into a relationship. You do no trust them (the women) and that is why you have to look at their phones to see what they are up to.
“You are a man who does not like your women looking at other men. You rob them of their independence and then control them by using violence upon them.”
The judge added he hoped, with work with probation, he would change his ways.
“If I am wrong and you come back before the courts your sentences are going to get longer and longer,” he warned.
Meanwhile Tia has been left suffering panic attacks at night, the traumatic sound of bangs a painful trigger for her anxiety.
“If he was inside I would be able to live a little bit more in peace,” she explained.
She said of the sentence: “It’s just not fair how I’ve got absolutely nothing.
“I’m scarred for life. I’ve got to look at that every single day.”
“Am I the criminal?
“Because I feel like he’s getting a slap on the wrist, ‘go and enjoy your 16 months on tag’, because I guarantee he’s doing that now. He can still attack these women.
“There’s evidence, there’s the photos of my back, how could you look at that and say: ‘Yeah mate, I’m going to give you 16 months on tag’.
“It doesn’t matter whether he’s allowed out from 6am – 6pm, he was battering me broad daylight in my flat.
“It’s just not fair. People go to prison for council tax and you’ve got monsters out there, animals. People need to know what his face looks like, because it is not happening again.”
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