Mum reveals horror injuries after evil ex battered her with a brick as thug caught on Ring doorbell covered in her blood | The Sun

A MUM has revealed her horror injuries after she was battered with a brick by her evil ex-boyfriend.

Thomas Bardsley, 34, followed Shannon Johnson, 25, home before launching into the savage attack.

The thug was then caught on her Ring doorbell camera covered in her blood after she fled inside.

Brave Shannon has now spoken out after Bardsley was jailed for ten years over the horror in Sussex.

She said: "Thomas is a monster.

“When he attacked me that night, I thought he’d kill me.

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“My own daughter, who was eight months old at the time, didn’t recognise me for weeks due to my injuries.

"It was horrific.

“Please, remember Thomas’ name and face and steer clear. He’ll make your life a misery.”

Shannon first got together with Bardsley in July 2019 when she was aged 21.

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The mum-of-one said he acted like the "perfect" boyfriend at first by taking her out for meals and showering her with compliments.

But just two months later, Bardsley began picking fights with Shannon and was aggressive when he drank.

He also became controlling – bombarding the mum with messages when she went on a charity work trip to Cambodia.

Shannon said: “I tried to calm him down but nothing worked.

“After a few days, he started messaging my work colleagues, insisting I go home.

“It was embarrassing.”

In January 2020, Shannon discovered she was pregnant but sadly lost the baby at 11 weeks and developed sepsis.

She ended things with Bardsley when he showed no sympathy towards her as she struggled to cope with the miscarriage.

The pair reunited months later and Shannon was thrilled to discover she was pregnant again.

But Bardsley did not share her excitement at the news and refused to come to any scans.

When he insulted her in front of a pal, Shannon decided enough was enough and she threw him out.

After giving birth to a baby girl in April 2021, the mum met someone new and began rebuilding her life.

But Bardsley hounded her over the fresh relationship and left her feeling "scared" when he abused her in the street.

The harassment campaign came to a violent end in December that year when Shannon went to the pub for a night out in friends.

As she returned home, she spotted Bardsley crouched on the ground on her road.

The thug told her "it’s you, the devil", causing terrified Shannon to rush home.

When she later popped out for a cigarette, Bardsley was stood outside her front door.

She said: “I threatened to call the police but then Thomas replied ‘I’ll kill you’."

The thug then launched into a brutal attack – grabbing Shannon's windpipe before picking a brick up from the ground.

Describing the horror, Shannon said: "Terrified, I started to scream.

“But then I felt a heavy object slam into my head over and over."

Bardsley fled when Shannon's new partner rushed outside, only to return moments later covered in her blood.

Doorbell footage captured the twisted ex holding up his blood-soaked hands to the camera before he once again ran away.

Shannon meanwhile was taken to hospital with a severe laceration to her head that exposed her skull.

She said: "Back at home, my eyes and face were so swollen, my daughter didn’t recognise me and kept asking for her mum.

“It was heartbreaking.”

How you can get help

Women’s Aid has this advice for victims and their families:

  • Always keep your phone nearby.
  • Get in touch with charities for help, including the Women’s Aid live chat helpline and services such as SupportLine.
  • If you are in danger, call 999.
  • Familiarise yourself with the Silent Solution, reporting abuse without speaking down the phone, instead dialing “55”.
  • Always keep some money on you, including change for a pay phone or bus fare.
  • If you suspect your partner is about to attack you, try to go to a lower-risk area of the house – for example, where there is a way out and access to a telephone.
  • Avoid the kitchen and garage, where there are likely to be knives or other weapons. Avoid rooms where you might become trapped, such as the bathroom, or where you might be shut into a cupboard or other small space.

If you are a ­victim of domestic abuse, SupportLine is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 6pm to 8pm on 01708 765200. The charity’s email support ­service is open weekdays and weekends during the crisis – [email protected].

Women’s Aid provides a live chat service – available weekdays from 8am-6pm and weekends 10am-6pm.

You can also call the freephone 24-hour ­National Domestic Abuse Helpline on 0808 2000 247.

Bardsley was arrested and later found guilty of wounding with intent and threats to kill.

He was jailed for ten years in January at Lewes Crown Court and handed a lifelong restraining order.

Shannon is now trying to move on with her life and has spoken out in a bid to help others.

She said: “If it hadn’t had been for my partner, I might have died that night.

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“Thomas is evil and nearly left his own daughter without her mum.

“Now I want other women and men to recognise the signs of an abusive relationship and get out before it’s too late.”

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