A DRUNK who got into four separate fights during a violent rampage on the streets of Oxford has been jailed.

Ryan Woolcock began his night of violence after seemingly taking offence at his first victim squirting a water pistol at others outside a pub.

The 24-year-old of Harebell Road, Oxford had already admitted two assaults occasioning actual bodily harm, one assault and one battery, as well as possession of cannabis.

Oxford Crown Court heard at his sentencing hearing yesterday how Woolcock had been near the Half Moon Pub, St Clement's Street, Oxford, in the early hours of August 7.

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While outside the pub at about 2am he saw a reveller Jack Merritt squirting a water pistol and he said to him 'stop being aggressive.'

Moments later he punched him a number of times causing him to fall back and hit a door frame.

Woolcock also 'pushed' another man - Ionas Ionscu - in the assault.

A woman who was with the group then asked Woolcock what he was doing to which he replied 'I am sorry I am just a bit drunk.'

As the night of violence continued he went on to attack two others - Vedin Khada and Danish Aziz, repeatedly punching them near Alma Place.

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Witnesses said Woolcock was 'shouting random things' during the drunken violence.

He was later caught by police and answered no comment to questions before later admitting the offences.

The court also heard that Woolcock has a long history of previous offending made up of 22 convictions for 46 offences and was in breach of a suspended sentence and out on licence at the time of his latest crimes.

In mitigation yesterday defence barrister Jane Brady called the incident 'an irrational piece of unnecessary violence which would have shocked anyone but mostly the victims at his hand.'

She added that the background to the violence was 'excessive alcohol' and drinking on a daily basis.

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She said: "Society needs him to be rehabilitated."

Sentencing, Judge Nigel Daly said: "On the streets of Oxford you were obviously drunk, yet again, and when you have been drinking you have become violent.

"I have read the references that have been provided in relation to you, I have heard what has been said on your behalf, I have read the pre-sentence report and report from the prison officer.

"It is clear that when you have not been drinking you are capable of behaving well.

"Having said that these offences were committed on licence, you were in breach of that suspended sentence and you have a very poor record of violence.

"In my judgement only an immediate custodial penalty can appropriately reflect your behaviour on the streets of Oxford."

Woolcock was jailed for a total of 12 months made up of six months in total for the violence to run consecutively with six months for the breach.