Man suffered run-ins with family before
As well as the stab wounds, Mr Bean suffered what was described to the court as “collateral damage” to his spleen and kidneys.
He spent two months in hospital and lost three-and-a-half stone in weight.
He told police in his interview, made with him laying on a sofa, that he had also suffered from chest infections and could not lift his left arm because of possible nerve damage.
Mr Bean said that doctors were unable to say if he would make a full recovery.
Asked about the bad-feeling between himself and the Bristows, he said the family would “start on him” every time they saw him.
He said there had been three occasions involving both male and female family members in which he had been verbally abused, threatened with a knife and had a glass thrown at his car. However, none of the incidents involved Paul Bristow.