Attack victim satisfied with sentencing

Ben Hutchings
Ben Hutchings

A STUDENT who endured a horrific attack at the hands of four men said he “has more faith in the system” after their sentences were increased at the Court of Appeal last Thursday (June 26)

Ben Hutchings, 21, was subjected to a ‘horrific and chilling’ attack when Sam Simon, 21, Alex Simon,18, Muhammet Yalcin, 20, and Artur Oganesyan, 23, invited the student around to play Grand Theft Auto at a house in Hastings in September last year.

The four kicked and beat the terrified journalism student with a hammer and then bundled him into a car. They took him to High Brede Wood where they threatened to bury him alive and assaulted him again.

The men were originally sentenced to a total of 21 years imprisonment by Mr Recorder Enoch QC at Hove Crown Court in April. But last week Judge Lord Justice Davis increased the sentences. He said: “Having considered the facts of this particular case we take the view that each of these sentences was not simply lenient but unduly lenient.” Sam Simon’s sentence was increased from nine years to 13 years in prison while his brother Alex had his sentence increased from four years to seven years detention. Yalcin’s five-year term was increased to eight years and Oganesyan had his two-year prison sentence increased to four.

Ben told the Observer: “I feel very happy that they have been punished for what they have done. I didn’t feel satisfied with the previous sentences, which weren’t very long. I feel better and my family feel more comfortable and it has given me more faith in the system.”

Lead investigating officer DS Nick Burnage said: “These sentences are more appropriate to the offence and is what should have been given in the first place.”