Prison sentence increased for man who tried to kill children with a hammer


A man who tried to kill four young children with a hammer, before crashing his car in South Yorkshire, has had his prison sentence increased.

Owen Scott was convicted of four counts of attempted murder and dangerous driving, after admitting to being in a drug-induced psychotic episode.

Scott, 29 of Heather Road, Fawley, Hampshire, had been jailed for life, and has seen his minimum term increase from 14 to 24 years by the Court of Appeal, with Solicitor General Robert Buckland describing his term as “lenient”.

Scott had a long term cocaine and marijuana habit, that led to him developing psychosis and paranoia.

The four children, aged between nine months and eight years at the time of the crash, were left with “life-threatening and life-changing” injuries after the attack.

Detective Chief Inspector David Stopford, of South Yorkshire Police, said at the time that he was “astounded” to find the children alive.

He said at the time: “This has been, without doubt, one of the most harrowing cases I’ve worked on”.

Medical reports at the time said one child will need a wheel chair for life, and there will be lasting psychological damage for them all, as result of the attack.

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