Attacker fails to win reduction in prison sentence
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.