A VIOLENT thug who stabbed a man multiple times before beating and kicking him in a fit of rage was jailed for 12 years.

Augustus Struckatis was introduced to the victim, a 26-year-old man, by a mutual friend.

However, between 4am and 8am on October 31 last year, Struckatis launched a horrifying attack on the victim at a property in Amersham Road, Caversham.

The victim received stab wounds to his arms and hands as well as cuts to his ears. He was severely beaten and suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of the attack.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: "Struckatis was charged with the offences on 1 November last year.

"During the assault the victim sustained cut, stab and prick marks to his arms and hands as well as a laceration to his ear.

"He was also severely beaten by being kicked and suffered a traumatic brain injury, broken vertebrae and a fractured shoulder blade."

Paramedics rushed to the scene and the victim's injuries were found to be life-threatening.

He was taken to hospital where he remained for two weeks.

Struckatis, 26 and of Amersham Road, Reading, was convicted of one count of grievous bodily harm following a trial at Reading Crown Court.

He was jailed for 12 years.

Detective Constable Hannah Bee, of Force CID based at Reading police station, said: “The victim suffered severe injuries following this violent and sustained attack by Struckatis.

"It took less than four hours for the Jury to convict him for this offence for which he has now received a significant prison sentence.

"I would like to thank the victim for the great courage shown throughout the investigation.”