A would-be robber who used an axe to fracture a woman's skull and threaten an elderly man has been jailed for 18 years.
Stephen Woodward, who has no fixed address, admitted GBH with intent and was convicted of attempted robbery - a charge he had denied.
Peterborough Crown Court heard that he approached the elderly man in Wesleyan Road, Peterborough, to demand money in 2016.
When he declined, the 43-year-old pulled an axe from his trousers and threatened to "take his head off".
A resident stepped in and confronted Woodward who fled to a house in St Paul’s Road, Peterborough.
Later, a woman in her 30s turned up at the address to visit a friend but Woodward became agitated at her presence and lashed out with the axe, hitting her over the head and causing serious injuries.
The victim’s friend went to get help from a neighbour but before he could raise the alarm Woodward had stolen a bike and left the scene.
Six days after the rampage Woodward and the axe were found at a property in Northamptonshire. He was arrested and recalled to prison.