A MAN who assaulted four children with a hammer before driving his car into a wall almost killing the youngsters has had his time behind bars significantly increased.

Owen Peter Scott, 29, was jailed for 28-years in February after pleading guilty to four counts of attempted murder. He was given the requirement to serve a minimum of 14-years before being considered for parole.

Scott drove his car into a wall in Four Lane Ends, Oxspring, Barnsley, in August last year, travelling at around 92mph.

He made no attempt to stop or brake and left the children in the car, who were aged 8, 7, 21-months and nine-months-old at the time, with either serious or life-threatening injuries. It later became apparent that the horrendous injuries they had sustained had been caused by a hammer found in the car after the collision.

The severity of the injuries and life-long impact the incident will have on the children was put to three senior judges at the Court of Appeal.

As a result, Scott’s sentence has been increased to 48-years and he will now be required to serve at least 24-years behind bars before being considered for release.

Detective Chief Inspector David Stopford said: "The significant increase today certainly reflects just how horrific Scott’s actions were on that day."