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Baseball bat beating lands Brandon Tobin 4-year jail term

The father of a St. John's man who was beaten with a baseball bat and left in serious condition last spring says he is sickened by the sentence given to the man who admitted to the assault.
Patrick Murphy, father of a St. John's man beaten with a baseball, says he's sickened by the sentence given to the assaulter 2:26

The father of a St. John's man who was beaten with a baseball bat and left in serious condition last spring says he is sickened by the sentence given to the man who committed to the assault.

Brandon Tobin, 20, was sentenced to just over four years in prison for aggravated assault on PJ Murphy in relation to a baseball attack last spring as well as an assault on inmate Rodney Martin at Her Majesty's Penitentiary in September.

Tobin was sentenced in provincial court in St. John's on Wednesday morning.

"It made me sick," Patrick Murphy, PJ Murphy's father, told reporters. "Three and a half years … my son has life."

He's a different person. His outlook on life is completely different.- Patrick Murphy, on his son's condition after assault

Tobin was originally charged with attempted murder, but the Crown withdrew the charge when Tobin pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of aggravated assault.

He beat PJ Murphy, 23, with a baseball bat during an argument in Keegan Court, near Elizabeth Avenue, in April.

Patrick Murphy told reporters that the fight happened after Tobin "butted" into an argument that his son was having with another person.

PJ Murphy, who has a young child, was in a coma for 16 weeks.

"He's a different person. His outlook on life is completely different," Patrick Murphy said of his son.

"It's hard for me to speak for him and he's not able to."

'To hell with him'

Murphy said his son struggles with his speech, reading, writing, and everyday tasks because of the assault.

"It's a day to day thing, he will have to deal with it the rest of his life."

Brandon Tobin, 20, will spend the next few years in jail for leaving a man in serious condition after an assault with a baseball bat last spring. (CBC)
The three-and-a-half year jail term that Tobin was given in relation to the attack on Murphy is not long enough, according to Murphy's father.

"The hell with him … the judge is thinking that he's going to be able to rehabilitate him. It's not going to happen," he said.

"The same judge is going to have him back in the future looking at someone dead that [Tobin's] after killing."

The Crown suggested six years in prison, while the defence wanted less than four years.

"I just wanted to see what a coward looked like, and now I obviously see it," Patrick Murphy said.

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