Family of Gosport man in coma say he is now ‘just a shell’

Andrew's mum Nina Toseland from Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing (122838-9661)
Andrew's mum Nina Toseland from Gosport. Picture: Sarah Standing (122838-9661)

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THE family of a Gosport man left in a coma after an attack outside his flat say he is now ‘just a shell’.

Andrew Toseland, 49, was attacked in the early hours of August 25 after telling a group of people to keep quiet at Garland Court in Forton Road, Gosport.

He has been in a coma at Southampton General Hospital ever since.

Now his mother Nina Toseland says she will ask doctors to let him die if his condition worsens.

It comes as the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) launched an investigation into how police dealt with reports of anti-social behaviour at the flats in the lead up to the incident, as reported by The News.

Speaking to BBC News, Mrs Toseland said: ‘ He’s not alive now - he’s just a shell. When he opens his eyes there’s nothing there. He has to feed through a tube.

‘He has contracted an infection and the family made the decision that he would be allowed to die if he got any worse because it’s not fair on him living in that state for the rest of his life.

‘He has never bothered anybody and was shy and quiet.’

Fareham and Gosport District Commander Chief Inspector Jason Kenny said this week more action is needed to prevent and reduce anti-social behaviour in the area, particularly at Garland Court.

He stressed the decision to refer the matter to the IPCC was ‘voluntary’ over concerns of the potential ‘significant impact’ on public confidence in local policing.