A drug-addled St George man who “lost the plot” and went on a spree of violence has been jailed.
Shaun Lock bashed a neighbour’s door before causing a commotion elsewhere, Bristol Crown Court heard.
The court was told when soldier Ian McDonald bravely tried to act as a peacemaker, Lock bit him in the face.
Mr McDonald has been left not only scarred but awaiting results of medical tests for HIV and Hepatitis – as well as anxiety regarding coronavirus.
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Lock, 33, of Clouds Hill Road, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault, criminal damage and possessing an offensive weapon.
Judge William Hart jailed him for 16 months.
He told Lock: “You lost your self-control and you lost the plot.”
The judge handed Lock a five-year restraining order banning him from contacting victims in the case.
He also awarded Mr McDonald £350 from the High Sheriff’s fund, for his “brave and public-spirited” actions.
Charley Pattison, prosecuting, said around 4.30am on April 20 – after coronavirus lockdown had been in place for a month – an abusive Lock had a metal spike when he bashed neighbour Shaun Parnell’s front door some 10 to 12 times and caused damage.
After that Lock visited his ex-partner Carlie Britton and a heated exchange ensued, the court heard.
In the melee Lock swung a punch at neighbour Luke Voke before soldier Mr McDonald intervened.
Miss Pattison told the court: “Mr Lock focused his aggression on Mr McDonald.
“He threw a first punch which did not make contact, a second punch was blocked and a third punch did not make contact.
“Mr McDonald tried to drive Mr Lock back and Mr Lock continued the attack, bit his cheek and ripped his T-shirt.
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With that Mr McDonald retreated and called police, the court heard.
Lock was arrested and made no comment.
Speaking via video link due to coronavirus lockdown, Mr McDonald gave an impact statement in which he said he had since installed CCTV to a home which now resembled a place of fear.
He said: “I have got a scar for the rest of my life.
“I believe he was trying to bite my ear off.”
He confirmed he would have to wait three months for medical tests taken at Hengrove Hospital, and was already vulnerable to coronavirus owing to chest problems.
Mr Parnell said the incident caused him anxiety and depression and Mr Voke stated he was also left anxious.
Tabitha Macfarlane, defending, said her client had little recollection of events.
She said: “He had been taking anti-depressants for some time.
“He had drunk a lot and he had taken other drugs he should not have done.
“He believes he went into some kind of drug-induced state.”
The court heard Lock struggled with mental health after bereavement some seven to eight years ago.
Miss Macfarlane added: “He wants me to say how dreadfully, dreadfully sorry he is and how truly ashamed he feels.”