Western Australia Hammer attacker Stephen Darroch gets 10 years in jail after appeal over ‘inadequate’ sentence. Almost doubled the prison term

Western Australia’s highest court has almost doubled the prison term of a man who left a truck driver with permanent brain damage after attacking him with a hammer at a service station in the state’s Mid West.

Stephen Christopher Darroch, 44, was originally sentenced in July last year to six years in jail, after he pleaded guilty to attacking Ross Tapper in a toilet cubicle at the station in September 2016.Darroch struck Mr Tapper several times to the head, leaving him with life-threatening injuries to his head and causing permanent brain damage.

Mr Tapper was taken to Royal Perth Hospital where he underwent emergency life-saving surgery, which involved removing part of his skull.Darroch fled the scene after the attack.Police later arrested him about 70 kilometres south of Meekatharra and took him to Mount Magnet police station, where he punched an officer in the face.

Source: Hammer attacker Stephen Darroch gets 10 years in jail after appeal over ‘inadequate’ sentence – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)