‘There is more than one victim of this offender’s crime’

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LADY Justice Hallett said the brutal attack on Andrew Toseland had meant ‘his quality of life has been destroyed.’

The sentencing remarks came as Samuel Armstrong’s 64-month sentence for the attack on Mr Toseland was quashed and replaced with a nine-year term at the Court of Appeal. Lady Justice Hallett – who passed yesterday’s sentence along with two other judges – said there was no criticism of Judge Sarah Munro QC who imposed the original sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court in September: ‘This was an extremely difficult sentencing exercise and our comments should not be taken as any criticism of the very experienced judge.

‘He (Armstrong) repeatedly kicked Mr Toseland in the head with a shod foot and inflicted injuries of such severity Mr Toseland might well have died.

‘As it is his quality of life has been destroyed and the quality of his family’s life reduced very significantly. There is more than one victim of this offender’s crime.’