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Attacker's sentence doubled

A teenager who attacked a man, leaving him brain damaged, has had his prison sentence extended.

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Solicitor General responds to increase of jail term in Toseland case

Andrew Toseland before he was attacked outside his home in Gosport

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.

Samuel Armstrong had pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm

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.”

Andrew Toseland now needs 24-hour care for the rest of his life

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