Brave woman almost battered to death by obsessed man as she cradled her son
These are the horrific injuries of a woman battered by a man who became obsessed with her – when she dumped him after three dates.
Young mum Holly Hales, 22, was battered as she cradled her 22-month-old son, after crazed Rees Adamson broke down her front door.
The full-time mum, from Solihull, West Mids was left with horrendous bruising to her face, as well as needing stitches to her head – but amazingly, managed to protect her son Spencer from any harm.
Adamson, 26, had known Holly for just a month before confessing his love for her, and launched the vicious attack after she rejected his advances.
Now, he has been convicted of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at Birmingham Crown Court, after the attack in February.
He was handed an eight year sentence, and will serve a minimum of five years behind bars.
Holly said: “The attack left my face so swollen and bruised that my own son didn’t recognise me and he was afraid to come anywhere near me for weeks after.
“I thought I was going to die, but while the pain surged through my body all I thought about was protecting my son.
“While Rees was punching my face, I clung on to Spencer tighter and tighter trying to shield him from getting hurt.
“I begged him to stop but he didn’t, instead he grabbed Spencer’s little chair and whacked it over my head, before smashing a glass bottle over me.
“My eyes were in such a bad state that all I could make out was my blood dripping down Spencer’s face as he screamed.
“It was like something out of a horror movie as I watched Rees trash our home.
“I had three deep cuts and needed 15 stitches to my head.
“I’m so glad the whole ordeal is finally over and he’s now behind bars where he can’t hurt anyone else.”
Adamson became obsessed with Holly after meeting her through a mutual friend.
She said: “I’d started speaking to Rees and then I met up with him about three times as friends, but over the next few weeks he became more and more obsessive.
“He would call me multiple times a day to ask where I was and who I was with, it scared me how needy and possessive he was.
“He even told me he loved me – I was shocked, we hardly knew each other.
“At first I thought it was sweet but then I realised something wasn’t quite right.
“After asking around I discovered that he had a violent past and had been abusive in a previous relationship so I cut him off.
“I had my son to think about and I didn’t want to put him or myself in any kind of danger.”
Holly first reported Adamson to the police in January after he turned up at her home, kicked the door down and stole her mobile phone.
Adamson was arrested, released on bail and told not to contact Holly, but within days he began bombarding her with even more messages.
Holly said: “The first time he kicked the door down he stole my phone to check my messages as he thought I was seeing someone else.
“I wasn’t seeing anybody, but I wasn’t seeing Rees either, but that didn’t stop him trying to control and manipulate me.
“He even went to check my bedroom, I was so frightened.
“He told me he wanted to make my life hell and even after the police arrested him and told him not to contact me, he just did it more.
“On the day of the attack I replied to one of his messages threatening to call the police again.
“I didn’t hear from him then until he turned up at my house in the early hours of the morning when the attack happened.
“Spencer had woken up so I took him downstairs to grab one of his bottles when there was a knock at the door.
“I had no idea who it was, but when I looked through the peephole I saw it was Rees so I shouted to him to leave.
“I was still half asleep when the front door was being kicked down and it took a long time to digest what was really happening and it all happened so quickly.
“Rees ran at me, he knew I had Spencer in my arms, but he didn’t care – it was like he was possessed.”
Thankfully one of Holly’s close friends was staying over and was able to distract Adamson while she called for the police before he launched the savage attack on her.
Holly said: “If the police hadn’t arrived when they did I don’t think I’d be here today.
“When Rees heard the sirens he told me to tell the police he’d left whilst really he was hiding behind the sofa.
“I collapsed on the floor in tears when help arrived and Rees was taken away and arrested.”
In addition to his custodial sentence, Adamson was given an indefinite restraining order and was ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £120.
Holly said: “Now I’m trying to move on with my life for my own sake and Spencer’s.
“It really knocked us both about, Spencer for weeks after the attack would wake up upset.
“He’s since turned two and we had a party to try and take his mind off everything.
“We’ve moved house and I’m hoping to start back at work soon now I know we are finally free of him.”
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Rees Adamson, from Acocks Green, Birmingham, had subjected other women to violence.
Judge Simon Drew QC said: “You have a history of violence against women.
“When they cross you, as you see it, you deal with it in one way.
“The incident took place in the early hours of the morning.
“You discovered that someone else was staying the night. It is perfectly clear to me that was the trigger for your loss of temper. In the heat of the moment and fuelled by alcohol all sense and reason fled.”
The judge said Adamson carried out a “sustained and repeated assault” which was aggravated by the fact that it was done in front of her one-year-old son.
Tom Schofield, defending, said Adamson suffered from mental health difficulties and that his life had been “blighted” by the death of his father when he was 13.