An Eastbourne man has been sent to prison for more than nine years for assaulting two strangers in the town.
Paul Ingram pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court on Friday (June 14) to nine years 8 months for common assault and GBH with intent.
The 44-year-old was in Eastbourne on Monday (April 22) around 2pm and pulled into a disabled parking bay in Bolton Road as another driver was attempting to park in it. The other driver, a 72-year-old man, with his disabled wife in the car challenged Ingram, who swore at him. Ingram then forced open the victim’s door and punched him before walking away.
Later that evening, around 8pm, Ingram followed two women as they walked along Seaside and began talking to them, at one point Ingram slashed at one woman on the back with a knife. The victim, a 42-year-old woman, went into a kebab shop and when she came out Ingram slashed at her again, this time across the face leaving her with an injury between her ear and mouth.
Ingram ran off but was arrested quickly nearby.
He pleaded guilty to both offences.
Detective Constable Carly Owen said: “This was an appalling assault on both victims who were going about their daily business; both suffered injuries and the attacks have had an impact on their lives. Hopefully the sentence will go some way to helping them move on from what happened, knowing justice has been served.
“I would like to thank both victims for reporting what happened and the public who were witnesses. Our swift response in arresting Ingram meant the court could deal with him accordingly.”