A RAGING boozer who attacked a dad with an axe in a pub bloodbath leaving him just 1cm from death has been jailed.
David Perry, 40, had been booted out of the Bull Hotel in Clare, Suffolk, but returned with an axe he had in his truck.
Shocking footage then showed him swinging the 3ft-long weapon down on Matthew Cutts' head – splitting it open.
Matthew, 37, escaped death or permanent brain damage by 1cm but is still suffering the effects of the random attack.
Perry has now been jailed for 24 years after being convicted of attempted murder.
The thug, who also admitted wounding with intent and to possessing an offensive weapon in a public place, was also slapped with a restraining order barring him from contacting Matthew.
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Ipswich Crown Court was told Perry "took exception" to Matthew and his group at the 16th Century pub as they were "joking and laughing about".
He claimed he stepped in because he believed a woman was being harassed in the group even though it was branded "family banter".
A fight then erupted and Perry was kicked out of the pub – only to return minutes later brandishing the axe.
Matthew, who had no time to defend himself, was felled by the single swing on the side of his head.
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The dad-of-three was rushed to hospital for emergency surgery after suffering a life-changing injury.
The court was told Matthew still "struggles to find words" and was forced off work as a gardener.
He also lost his driving licence and some of his independence and no longer plays golf, goes fishing or to the gym.
Sentencing, Judge Martyn Levett described the horror attack as a "savage crime".
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