Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Andrew Toseland noise complaint beating: Second man jailed

Brandon Fisher and Samuel Armstrong
Image caption Brandon Fisher and Samuel Armstrong were both jailed for the attack on Andrew Toseland

A second man has been jailed for his part in an attack which left a man in a coma after he asked a group of people to be quiet outside his flat.

Samuel Armstrong, 19, was jailed for five years and four months at Portsmouth Crown Court after admitting grievous bodily harm.

Victim Andrew Toseland, 49, is unlikely to fully recover from the episode in Forton Road, Gosport, in August 2012.

Brandon Fisher, 19, was jailed on Tuesday for his part in the assault.

Fisher was sentenced to 27 months in prison by a judge at Portsmouth Crown Court after he pleaded guilty to unlawful wounding.

'Flying kick'

Mr Toseland was in a coma for two months and will need care for the rest of his life.

He suffered severe brain injuries, requires long-term care and is no longer able to walk.

Armstrong, of Sherwood Road, Gosport also received eight months, to be served concurrently, for causing actual bodily harm on Mr Toseland's brother.

Image caption Andrew Toseland now lives in a care home and cannot walk

Passing sentence at Portsmouth Crown Court, Judge Sarah Munroe said the attack was "wicked and sickening".

The court heard how Mr Toseland and his brother were disturbed by a group of young men who had been drinking heavily at a party in the same block of flats.

The court heard Armstrong administered a 'flying kick' and stamped on Andrew Toseland's head up to 15 times "with great force".

After sentencing, Andrew Toseland's family, who described him as a "quiet, placid person", released a statement.

"[The sentence] will not compensate for the quality of life taken away from Andrew and the massive impact this has had, and will continue to have, on him and all his family."

A Hampshire Constabulary spokesman paid tribute to the Toseland family's "considerable strength and emotional resilience".

"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," he said.

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