MP welcomes judges’ decision

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GOSPORT’S MP has said she is pleased with the increase in prison time for the teenager convicted of brutally attacking a man last year.

Caroline Dinenage told The News yesterday’s ruling by the Court of Appeal remedied the ‘painfully inadequate’ 64-month sentence originally handed to Samuel Armstrong, 19, of Gosport.

Ms Dinenage said: ‘This was a derisory sentence when you consider the nature of the crime.

‘It’s the fact that Andrew was not expected to survive his injuries, they were so severe, he was in a coma for months and months.

‘His life is completely altered from what it was before. The attack was so sickening.’

As reported in The News, Ms Dinenage wrote to the Attorney General asking for a review of Armstrong’s sentence handed down in September.

She said: ‘I’m pleased that by my intervention of being able to write to the Attorney General on their behalf that we’ve been able to overturn what was a painfully inadequate original sentence.

‘Andrew was very close to death. Had he died as a result of this attack it could have very nearly been a manslaughter charge and a sentence that goes with that.

‘The priority in this case has been to seek justice for Andrew and his family, whose lives have all been devastated by this horrific attack.’

She added the decision sent out a clear message that Armstrong’s brutal behaviour was unacceptable.