Saturday, August 24th, 2019

Prison for Sevenoaks man who attacked woman with knife during argument about money

A SEVENOAKS man has been sent to prison after pleading guilty to attacking a woman with a knife while out walking in Eynsford village.

Steven Thomas

The attack took place on the evening of 23 July 2018 in Station Road, Eynsford. Steven Thomas was with a woman he knew when they began arguing about some cash that had been misplaced.

When he threatened to harm the woman, she ran towards a nearby public house but Thomas caught up with her outside the premises and demanded that she leave with him. When the woman refused he took a knife from his pocket and stabbed her several times causing serious wounds to her face, neck, arms and back.

Thomas left the scene but returned to tell the victim to wipe the blood from her face and tell nobody about the assault. At this point customers from the public house who had heard her screams came out and Thomas ran off. The victim, who is in her 40s, was taken to hospital for treatment to her injuries.

Thomas was arrested later that night and was subsequently charged with causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a knife in a public place.

Station Road, Eynsford

The 43-year-old appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on 14 January 2019. Thomas, of St John’s Road, Sevenoaks, pleaded guilty to both charges and was sentenced at the same court on 5 August 2019 to 12 years’ imprisonment with an additional two years on licence. He was told he must serve at least two thirds of the sentence.

Investigating officer PC Alex Peacock said: “This was an appalling attack causing life-changing injuries for the victim. Thomas has shown himself to be an extremely violent individual and it is right that he is now in prison.”

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