Thug jailed for attacking 17-year-old girl with a hammer

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A THUG who attacked a teenage girl with a hammer has been jailed for two years.

Rodney Hoyle assaulted the 17-year-old after claiming her stepdad had beaten him up.

The pair had an argument before Hoyle lashed out with the hammer, hitting her on the head and body.

His victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, suffered a fracture to her right hand, a cut to her head and bruising to her left thigh and arms, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

The court heard Hoyle, who is 29, already has previous convictions for 110 offences, including assaulting a police officer, possessing an offensive weapon in the street and public order matters.

Alistair Wright, defending, said: ‘By way of background the defendant was seriously assaulted by the complainant’s stepfather not long before this incident.

‘That involved his front teeth being knocked out.

‘He happened to see her and her stepfather together.

‘This led to an argument.’

He added: ‘As far as the hammer is concerned he had it around because of the relatively serious assault that had taken place on him.’

Hoyle, of Dunsbury Way, Havant, pleaded guilty to assault causing grievous bodily harm at an earlier hearing.

Sentencing him Judge Ian Pearson said: ‘This attack was very serious – a weapon was used, it was a sustained attack.

‘The injuries are significant. There was a fracture and bruising over the body of the victim.

‘There was a degree of premeditation.

‘There was the deliberate targeting of a vulnerable victim, aged 17.’

He added: ‘It goes without saying that this offence is so serious that only a custodial sentence may be justified for it.’