A violent offender who gave life sentences to people whose lives he ruined has been jailed for 24 years.
Paul Ashe smashed a hammer into a man’s face and, having been released on police bail, slashed two other victims to their body and face.
Bristol Crown Court was told Ashe has drank since the age of eight and moved to class A drugs early in life.
His record of previous convictions includes a plethora of offences from assaults on police to possessing offensive weapons.
Ashe, 46, of Alexander Mews in George Street, Weston-super-Mare, was convicted after trial of three charges of wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
He admitted possessing a knife and breaching a suspended jail term for battery.
Judge Mark Horton jailed him for 24 years, with an extended licence period of four years.
The Parole Board will only consider his fitness for release after he has served two-thirds, or 16 years, in custody.
The judge told Ashe: “You have been a father who has looked after children and have done a keen job.
“Sadly, for the rest, you regularly have not.
“You are aged 46 and you have a lifetime of education in the school of every one of life’s hard knocks.
“You have been surrounded by violence to and from others.”
Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said in April last year violence flared outside the Red Admiral pub in Weston-super-Mare after Ashe’s dog bit a dog being walked by Simon Bradbury – as well as Mr Bradbury.
When Mr Bradbury, 53, approached Ashe afterwards, Ashe swung a hammer into his face.
Mr Bradbury suffered “catastrophic” facial injuries comprising of a fractured cheekbone and eye socket and broken nose.
The court heard he had to have stainless steel tubes inserted in his face to assist breathing.
He wrote an impact statement in which he said he had been left suffering dizzy spells, was on very strong painkillers, was unable to drive and lost finacially.
Ms Squire said that, while on bail for the assault, in December last year Ashe become involved in early hours disorder in Weston-super-Mare town centre.
Having pulled out a hunting knife, Ashe slashed Joshua Burrows to his neck, chest and leg and cut Blake Goodare, who was aged 17 at the time but is now aged 18, to his face.
Mr Burrows said having to give evidence in court brought back memories of the attack.
Mr Goodare was left feeling “sad, confused and a bit angry” by his ordeal.
He said: “I feel sad because he’s changed the way I look for life and it has knocked my confidence.”
Nadeem Aullybocus, defending, described his client as being “out of control” in younger life.
He said Ashe was trying to put his past behind him.
Mr Aullybocus said: “He’s now 46.
“He is likely to be taken out of the community for a significant period of time.
“He’ll be almost 60.
“He will take benefit of training and courses offered to him in the prison system.
Officer in the case DC Richard Grierson said: “I hope this conviction will help the victims put these incidents behind them and move on with their lives.
“These were horrific attacks involving weapons.
“This significant sentence shows that neither the police nor the courts will tolerate violent crime on our streets.”