A teenager who left a man brain-damaged in a vicious attack has had his jail sentence increased to nine years. 51-year-old Andrew Toseland was kicked and repeatedly stamped on when he asked a group to be quiet outside his mother's flat in Gosport in August last year.
19-year-old Samuel Armstrong was originally jailed for 5 years - but today a judge said it was a "wicked offence" and the sentence was "too soft". Kerry Swain reports.
The priority in this case has been to seek justice for Andrew Toseland and his family, whose lives have all been devastated by this horrific attack in which he suffered a brain injury so severe that he will require 24 hour care for the rest of his life. The Court of Appeal's decision to increase the sentence sends out a firm message that brutal behaviour of this nature is not acceptable and will be punished.
The Solicitor General has responded to the Court of Appeal's decision to increase the jail sentence of a teenager who attacked a man from Gosport leaving him with brain damage.
Samuel Armstrong, 19, had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm after attacking Andrew Toseland, 51, outside his home in a block of flats in Hampshire in August 2012.
The Court of Appeal today increased Armstrong's jail term from 5 years and 4 months to 9 years.
The Solicitor General, Oliver Heald QC MP who presented the case at the Court of Appeal said:
“Until that night of 25th August of last year, Andrew Toseland had a happy and peaceable life. As a result of the vicious attack by Samuel Armstrong, he can no longer enjoy the simple pleasures in life. He cannot speak.
"He cannot eat or drink. He cannot walk or even sit unaided. He will require 24 hour care for the rest of his life. The effect on him and his family has been devastating.
“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this case as I felt the injuries inflicted on Mr Toseland were of the utmost possible seriousness.
“I asked the Court of Appeal to look again at this case as I felt the injuries inflicted on Mr Toseland were of the utmost possible seriousness. This was a prolonged attack, fuelled by drink and drugs and in my view required a longer term in prison.
"I hope the public will be reassured that the Court agreed to increase his sentence to 9 years.”
The Court of Appeal has lengthened the jail term of 19-year-old Samuel Armstrong for attacking Andrew Toseland, 49, outside his flat in Gosport last year.
The local MP Caroline Dinenage had called on the Attorney General to review the sentence given to teenager because she believed it was too lenient.The term was originally just over five years. Mr Toseland was left with brain damage after the assault in August 2012.