Benjamin Hutchings-Mitchell
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Torture victim says gang's increased sentences 'good enough'

A student who was tied up, gagged and beaten with a hammer by a gang in an attempt to make him hand over money has said their increased sentences are now "good enough".

Benjamin Hutchings-Mitchell, 21, was lured to a house in Hastings, East Sussex, in September last year and tortured before being taken to woods in Battle in a body bag.

The "unduly lenient" original sentences of his attackers Sam Simon, 21, his brother Alex Simon, 18, Artur Oganesyan, 23, and Muhammet Yalcin, 20, were earlier increased at the Court of Appeal.

Mr Hutchings-Mitchell said: "Now it's a good enough sentence to actually make them realise what they've done and will give me space to let me live my life and forget about those who've tried to ruin it."

Jon Hunt also spoke to Det Sgt Mick Burnage, of Sussex Police, and Solicitor General Oliver Heald.

  • 26 Jun 2014