Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Teenagers deny flat noise attack on Andrew Toseland

Andrew Toseland
Image caption Andrew Toseland suffered brain damage in the attack outside his flat

Two teenagers have pleaded not guilty to attacking a man who was set upon outside his Hampshire flat after asking a group of people to stop making noise.

Andrew Toseland, 49, was left in a coma after the assault in Forton Road, Gosport, on 25 August last year.

He is still in hospital but his condition is said to be improving.

Samuel Armstrong and Brandon Fisher, both aged 18 and from Gosport, deny a charge of assault causing grievous bodily harm.

Mr Armstrong also pleaded not guilty to a second charge of assault causing actual bodily harm against Mr Toseland's brother Robert.

Portsmouth Crown Court judge Roger Hetherington dismissed the case of a 16-year-old boy also charged with the attack.

Mr Armstrong was remanded in custody while Mr Fisher was released on bail.

The teenagers are due to stand trial at Portsmouth Crown Court on 15 April.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has begun an investigation into how police dealt with anti-social behaviour at the flats in the lead-up to the attack.

Last month, Mr Toseland's family said he could now sit up and eat through a straw and doctors at the Queen Alexandra Hospital were pleased with his progress.

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