Prison officials are investigating after a jailed rapist bragged on Facebook he is enjoying a “long earned holiday” behind bars.
Violent Thomas Holmes is serving a 13 years for repeatedly raping a woman but has shown no remorse on social media and has mocked the taxpayer for paying his meals.
The 43-year-old posted an article about his conviction, along with the caption: “Sorry all not been in touch and won’t be for a while but I’m on a long earned holiday in Hull.”
The Ministry of Justice has now launched an investigation into the forbidden post which could result in Thomas spending a further two years at HMP Hull, East Yorks.
Pauline Carruthers, founder of the sex abuse charity Hope based in Scarborough, North Yorks., said: “He should have all his privileges stopped – he is glorifying in his crime and obviously has no remorse.”
Prisoners are banned from using mobile phones and social media while locked up and face tough punishments if found to be using them.
Holmes’ former friends have spoken out about the post and have called him an insensitive and remorseless “monster”.
One Facebook friend said: “He probably thinks it’s hilarious, but it just shows there isn’t an ounce of remorse in his body.
“Like many people I hadn’t even realised he’d been locked up and if I’d known what he’d done I’d have unfriended him in a heartbeat.
“For me he’s heartless and clearly doesn’t care one bit about what his poor victim must feel.”
His former friend added: “Prison should be extra hard for him, so for him to call it a holiday isn’t going to make anybody laugh – everybody now just thinks he’s disgusting.”
Some of Thomas’ family claimed his account had been hacked; however, Facebook has since removed his account.
Holmes, originally from Rochdale, Manc., admitted four counts of rape in what was described as “horrific” attacks over a three-day period, designed to degrade and humiliate his victim as she recovered from a serious illness.
Ms Carruthers, whose charity Hope helps victims of sexual abuse and rape, has questioned how Holmes was allowed to spend almost a day surfing the web and posting status’ before the alarm was raised.
She said: “I thought the whole point of prison was to cut criminals off from the outside world as punishment.
“His victim is being victimised by the authorities allowing him a voice.”
The prison service said there would be “tough punishment” for prisoners who had broken the ban on mobile phones and social media.
A spokesman said: “We are taking immediate action to have this Facebook profile removed.
“Prisoners are banned from using mobile phones and social media.
“Those found to be breaking the rules will face tough punishments, including being stripped of privileges and having time added to their sentence.”