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Man jailed over Bristol nightclub stabbings

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Image caption Louis Holmes carried out the attacks in nightclubs in Bristol city centre in August last year

A man who stabbed five people at nightclubs, leaving one of them paralysed, has been jailed for 10 years.

Louis Holmes, 18, of Fishponds, carried out the attacks in and outside two clubs in Bristol city centre in the early hours of 21 August last year.

Bristol Crown Court heard the victims were "wholly innocent" and one of them is unlikely to ever walk again.

Holmes pleaded guilty to wounding and wounding with intent charges.

The court heard one victim, Daniel Curtis, 23, from Keynsham, Bristol, was paralysed from the neck down immediately after the attack.

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Media captionWatch: Daniel Curtis was attacked by Louis Holmes in August 2016.

He is now in a wheelchair and the court heard he is unlikely to ever walk again.

Passing sentence, Judge William Hart said: "The men you attacked were wholly innocent victims and this shows the stark danger of carrying knives.

"I have to ask myself are you a dangerous offender? I have to conclude you are a trouble maker.

"Your lawless behaviour have escalated in recent months. Therefore I conclude you do pose a risk to the public."

Holmes stabbed his victims on a night out at Pryzm nightclub in Canon's Road, and outside the Dojo club on Park Row.

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Image caption Holmes stabbed his victims with a knife at Pryzm nightclub and outside the Dojo club

He pleaded guilty to four counts of wounding and one count of wounding with intent. He will serve a further five years on license.

The court was told the defendant had 14 previous convictions, including one for possession of a knife in 2014, before he went on the rampage in Bristol last year.

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