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Teen jailed for brutal attack on man who asked youths to stop making noise
A TEENAGER who brutally attacked a man because he asked a group of youths to stop making noise outside his flat has been jailed for 64 months.
Warehouseman Andrew Toseland, 49, suffered a severe head injury, was in a coma for two months and will need care for the rest of his life following the assault outside his flat in Gosport.
Now Samuel Armstrong is behind bars after admitting playing the leading role in the vicious onslaught.
The 19-year-old, from, Gosport, was sentenced today at Portsmouth Crown Court having pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Toseland and actual bodily harm on his brother Robert Toseland.
He will now spend more than five years in a young offender's institution after a judge told him he had “deprived (Mr Toseland's) family and friends of the man they love.”
The court heard previously how he kicked and stamped on Mr Toseland's head between 10 and 15 times, leaving him lying in a pool of blood outside his flat in Forton Road, Gosport, on Agust 25 last year.
As previously reported, Brandon Fisher, 19, has already been jailed for 27 months for his role in the attack.
He held back Mr Toseland's brother Robert as Armstrong, launched the assault on their victim's head as he lay unconscious, Portsmouth Crown Court was told. Fisher did not assault the brothers himself.
Fisher, of Old Road, Gosport, admitted unlawful wounding on the basis that he had a subordinate role in the assault.
The court heard earlier how the pair had been at a party at a block of flats in Forton Road on the night but had been kicked out. Fisher had drunk half a bottle of vodka and the two, with others, were making a noise - prompting the Toseland brothers to leave their flat to ask them to be quiet.
After a row Robert Toseland was punched and the youths left only to return with another boy, then aged 16.
The Toselands came out of the flat again and were immediately attacked by Armstrong who punched Robert Toseland and aimed a flying kick at Andrew Toseland, the court was told.
The men left with Mr Toseland unconscious in a pool of blood. He suffered blood clots to the brain and his glasses had been smashed into his face, the court heard.
After the sentencing this morning, police paid tribute to the bravery of Mr Toseland's family in helping to bring about the convictions.
A spokesman said: “"We'd like to pay tribute to the Toseland family for their considerable strength and emotional resilience during this case.
"Their support has been an integral part of the prosecution, and we're grateful for the family's assistance.
"This case is a warning about how a casual attitude to using violence can have severe and lasting consequences for someone's life and loved ones.
"Hampshire Constabulary appreciates the co-operation of the community, which provided useful information at an early stage of the investigation, helping us to bring these offenders before the courts to face judgement."
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