Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Andrew Toseland noise complaint beating: Teen admits role in attack

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

A teenager has pleaded guilty to his part in an attack on a man who was set upon outside his 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, Hampshire, on 25 August 2012.

Brandon Fisher, 19, of Old Road in the town, admitted unlawful wounding at Portsmouth Crown Court. He will be sentenced next month.

Fisher's plea was made on the basis he had a subordinate role in the assault.

Mr Toseland will require care for the rest of his life and cannot walk.

He and his brother Robert were attacked by Fisher and another man, 19-year-old Samuel Armstrong.

The court heard Fisher did not attack Mr Toseland but held back the victim's brother while Armstrong, also from Gosport, carried out the assault.

Fisher told Armstrong to stop when he realised the assault was so severe, the court was told.

At an earlier hearing, Armstrong admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent on Mr Toseland and actual bodily harm on his brother.

Fisher was remanded in custody and the case was adjourned for reports.

Both men will be sentenced on 3 September.

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