Victim’s sister welcomes increase in jail sentence for attacker

Michelle Yates and her husband Steve outside the High Court today
Michelle Yates and her husband Steve outside the High Court today

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THE twin sister of a man left needing round-the-clock care following a brutal assault has welcomed an increase in his attacker’s sentence.

Andrew Toseland, 51, suffered a severe brain injury in the late-night attack after being set upon when he and brother Robert asked a gang of youths to be quiet outside 79-year-old mum Nina’s Gosport flat.

Samuel Armstrong, 19, stamped on Mr Toseland’s head up to 15 times in the attack at Garland Court in Forton Road August 25 last year.

Mr Toseland was in an induced coma for months and now lives in a care home where he receives 24-hour care.

Armstrong, of Sherwood Road, Gosport, was jailed for five years and four months at Portsmouth Crown Court on September 6 after admitting causing grievous bodily harm with intent.

But today the sentence was quashed in the Court of Appeal and replaced with a nine-year term.

Speaking outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Mr Toseland’s sister Michelle Yates, 51, said: ‘we’re glad the sentence has been increased.

‘I think the sentence now actually goes some way to reflecting the crime committed.

‘But ultimately it won’t make any difference to what we have been left with as a family and what Andrew has to deal with day-to-day, and everybody else that cares for him.

‘As time goes on the chance of any significant progress diminishes. With what happened we know the chance of any significant progress is very slim.’