Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Portsmouth hammer attack: Man admits wounding teenage girl

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Image caption The girl was assaulted at a house in Shearer Road, Fratton

A man has admitted attacking a 17-year-old girl with a hammer, leaving her with "life-changing injuries".

James Hemming, 29, pleaded guilty to wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm. A charge of attempted murder will lie on file.

The attack on 11 April took place at a property in Shearer Road, Portsmouth, which had possible links to the sex trade, said police.

Hemming, of Cross St, Portsmouth, will be sentenced on 2 December.

Detectives had previously said the girl was subjected to a "vicious attack" which left her with "life-changing injuries".

She was treated in hospital for wounds to her head.

Hampshire Constabulary had offered a £5,000 reward for information leading to a conviction.

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