A pub thug described as "Jekyll and Hyde" has been jailed after attacking a good Samaritan who was trying to help him get home.

26-year-old Jack Reid had finished a bottle of gin by himself in Taunton, Somerset, before he attempted to gouge the victim's eyes.

The victim at the pub was left with broken teeth, a broken cheekbone, and a bite mark. He was unable to return to work as a trucker for 11 weeks.

Five months later Reid went on to launch a horrible attack on his girlfriend, pulling at her hair, biting her, punching her, and partially strangling her.

He also scalded her with tea and threatened to do so again with the contents of a kettle.

Reid was jailed for three years at Exeter Crown Court after he admitted to two counts of causing actual bodily harm, two of criminal damage, and one of threatening behaviour.

Judge Malcolm Galloway told Reid in court: "When you are drunk, you are simply a violent bully who causes harm to those around you.

"If you continue to drink and offend, the sentences will get longer and longer.

"The woman who was the victim of the last offence said it was a terrifying ordeal and a sustained attack.

"She has shown a certain amount of forgiveness and reflected on what kind of Jekyll and Hyde character you are."

In her victim statement, Reid's on-off partner described him as fine when sober but "a danger to himself and anyone around him" when not.

Herc Ashworth, prosecuting, said that one of the charges related to an incident before his pub scrap with the trucker. After being refused a drink, Reid threatened staff at the Black Horse pub in Taunton before slamming a bar stool then leaving.

Regarding Reid's girlfriend, Ashworth added that he had been handed a Domestic Violence Protection Order two months before the scalding incident.

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The later attack on his girlfriend occurred after Reid had accused her of seeing another man. Not only did he bite her twice during the attack, but he also broke her phone.

The boiling water that he threatened her with landed on the floor.

Patrick Mason, defending, described how Reid had witnessed domestic abuse as a child and developed drinking and mental health problems around the time of these offences.

If you have been affected by issues of domestic violence or coercive control you can call Refuge's 24-Hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline for free. The number is 0808 2000 247.

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