At­tacker fails to win re­duc­tion in prison sen­tence

Bristol Post - - NEWS -

A MAN jailed for two years after leav­ing a passer-by with a torn liver dur­ing a vi­o­lent at­tack has had his sen­tence ap­peal de­nied by judges.

Vasil­ica Och­esanu, 37, of High Street, We­ston-su­per-Mare, ap­peared t at Lon­don’s Ap­peal Court to claim his two-year sen­tence was too tough.

He was ini­tially given a two-year sus­pended sen­tence in July at Bris­tol Crown Court after plead­ing guilty to griev­ous bod­ily harm. But just days later the judge changed his mind after it emerged Och­esanu had played a lead­ing role in the vi­o­lence. It was then he was sent to prison for two years.

Och­esanu, de­scribed by his de­fence as a “hard-work­ing fam­ily man”, at­tacked a man in De­cem­ber 2017 as he walked through We­ston­super-Mare town cen­tre.

The vic­tim, who had been drink­ing, fell in with Och­esanu and a com­pan­ion, with an ar­gu­ment soon break­ing out.

The vic­tim said he had tried to run from the pair dur­ing the at­tack, how­ever was chased and beaten with a stick to the head. He was also punched and kicked in the chest and stom­ach, leav­ing him with se­ri­ous head in­juries and a lac­er­ated liver.

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