Gemma Hudson, 29, from Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, had to be put into a coma because her injuries were so severe
When mum-of-five Gemma Hudson turned down her boyfriend’s marriage proposal she could not have imagined the horror that was the come.
The 29-year-old was stripped naked, doused in vodka and punched so hard she crashed through a patio window during her terrifying four hour ordeal.
Gemma, of Oswaldtwistle, Lancashire, was so brutally attacked by EDL thug Bernard Holmes she was vomiting blood as she begged him to stop.
Holmes choked, headbutted, ripped out chunks of Gemma’s hair, threw her to the floor, kicked her, banged her head against a wall and radiator and bit her on the face and mouth.
What makes the brutal assualt even more chilling is just moments earlier, he had been pleading with her to marry him.
Gemma finally escaped the terrible attack when she grabbed a back door key and fled wearing just a hooded sweatshirt.
She said: “One minute he was asking me to marry him, the next he was punching me over and over again.
“I really thought I was going to die. He was like a mad man.”
Gemma’s injuries were so bad she had to be put into an induced coma for three days with a bleed on the brain.
She also had soft tissue damage to the jaw, which meant she was forced to eat a liquid diet and had bruises all over her face and body, as well as bite marks.
And while her panic-stricken mother, Lesley, sat at her hospital bedside, Holmes, who was jailed for 18 months in 2012 for leading a violent English Defence League protest in Blackburn, was texting her telling her to ‘stop milking it’.
Holmes, who led other EDL protests outside a KFC dressed as a chicken in 2010, went on the run for 10 days after beating up Gemma, the mother of his seven-month old son, Harley-Ryan.
Gemma, who works as a kitchen assistant at a care home during the week and a licensed door supervisor at weekends, said: “He asked to meet up with me, so I went to his house to talk to him.
“Everything was fine at first. He said he wanted to get back with me and be a proper family.
“He’d asked me to marry him several times before but this time he got down on one knee and asked me again.
“Things had not been right between me and Bernard, and we had been off and on for several months.
“He had never been violent before, but I told him that it could never work between us.
“He seemed to take it in, but then he took my phone and started scrolling through the messages.
“He found an invitation to a hen night and hit the roof. He texted all my friends to tell them I wasn’t going.
“The next minute he was raining punches on me to the point I was sick all over his living room floor.
“I looked up and saw him taking photos of me being sick and shared them on WhatsApp. He was laughing like a madman.
“He would ask me questions while strangling me. He would count down ‘five, four, three, two, one’ then he would either punch me, headbutt me or bite the side of me face and then floor me.
“He would then pick me back up by my hair or my throat.
“He punched me so hard, I fell through the patio door. I could feel the cold air on my face and I tried to scream for help and he put his hand over my mouth and dragged me back in.
“I was thrown on settee by my hair and punched in the face. I asked to wash my mouth out. I could feel myself choking on my own blood.
“I spotted the back-door key on the kitchen work top. I put the tap on to pretend I was washing my mouth out and managed to grab the key and get out of the door.
“All I had on was one of his hoodies. I had nothing on my feet.
“I ran to the next street to get help. He was seen on CCTV chasing me round the street and round a car.
“I was screaming at the top of my voice. I thought I was going to die.
“A man came out and helped me, followed by another. Then I remember blue flashing lights.
“Bernard ran off and was on the run from the police for 10 days.”
Gemma, who met Holmes while stewarding at Accrington Stanley two years ago, said she was aware of his past when she met him but not the full extent of it.
She said she wished she had looked into Clare’s Law, the domestic violence disclosure scheme, when she met him and encouraged other women to do so.
During their relationship, Gemma said binge-drinking Holmes would regularly accuse her of cheating on him and verbally abuse her.
She added: “I no longer feel safe going out. I’m practically a prisoner in my own home. I feel trapped. I’m terrified of something happening to me and my kids.
“He ripped clumps of my hair out and left me with bald patches. I feel so self-conscious and paranoid.
“I do regret meeting him. I should have listened to others who said he was violent.
” I had no idea what he was really like and I had no idea about the far-right marches and all the violence.
“I was disgusted when I found out. The only good thing that has come out of this is my son.”
Holmes, who was jailed for 28 months in 2010 for leaving victim Sean Baxendale with catastrophic injuries in a two-punch attack outside Bar Ibiza in Blackburn, pleaded guilty to ABH and harassment.
He was jailed for three years at Preston Crown Court and Recorder Murray also imposed a restraining order banning Holmes from contacting Ms Hudson for life.
Det Con David Richardson said: “This was a nasty and sustained attack and Holmes deliberately caused more harm than was necessary, leading to significant injuries.
“The police will continue to deal robustly with perpetrators of domestic violence and put them before the courts.”