A ‘man mountain’ has been jailed after he carried out three separate attacks in the space of nine months.

Ryan Tee was labelled a thug by a judge at Exeter Crown Court after he watched CCTV in which he knocked three men unconscious.

He hit his first victim over the head with a chair in a pub in Westward Ho!, punched the second to the ground in a supermarket car park, and laid out the third with a single blow in an unprovoked attack.

Tee, aged 26, of Kimberley Road, Bideford, admitted three counts of causing actual bodily harm and one of attempted ABH and was jailed for two years and eight months by Judge David Evans at Exeter Crown Court.

He told him:”The fact remains that you acted like a thug. You may have been experiencing personal difficulties and using drink and drugs but you were out of control.”

He questioned why Tee, who he described as a man mountain, was left at liberty to carry out the last two attacks after being identified by police after the first.

Tee’s brother Dennis, aged 27, of The Strand, Bideford, admitted one count of actual bodily harm and one of attempted ABH and was ordered to do 15 days of rehabilitation activities as part of a one year community order.

Caroline Bolt, prosecuting, played CCTV of the three incidents.

In the first on April 1, 2017, Ryan Tee and another man attacked a golfer who was having a drink in the Fairway Buoy pub in Westward Ho! and hit him over the head with a chair.

On August 25, 2017, he was part of a group who confronted a 58-year-old man who went to the aid of his son, who had been assaulted in the car park of the Tesco Express in Westward Ho!

Tee was one of two men who knocked him the ground, where he punched him repeatedly and left him unconscious on the tarmac.

The third attack was in the centre of Bideford in the early hours of December 30 when Tee, his brother had just returned from a night out in Barnstaple where they had been drinking and taking cocaine.

They set on three men, one of whom was knocked out by a single punch and left unconscious for several minutes.

Richard Crabb, for Ryan Tee, said he had issues with mental health and substance abuse. He is a building worker with two children but is currently not working.

He said:”He comes from a large local family and everyone seems to know him. He is a big lad who stands out and has become a magnet for trouble.”