Man jailed for knife attack in Tunbridge Wells IG News

Irshadgul News report,

A man who repeatedly stabbed someone outside a shopping center in Tunbridge Wells has been jailed.

Michael Rodriguez, of Hadlow, attacked the victim in Upper Grosvenor Road with a knife and continued to attack him as he tried to flee at around 1.20pm on 12 February 2022.

He knew the victim and initially approached her at a location close to a department store in Tunbridge Wells.

An altercation ensued, resulting in Rodriguez suddenly producing a weapon described as a kitchen knife with a blade of at least five inches. He used the knife to repeatedly stab the victim, who was in her early 20s, in the abdomen. The victim tried to run away to escape, but Rodriguez followed her and stabbed her in the back.

Rodriguez fled the scene, despite being in possession of the knife. The victim was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries including to his spleen and kidney. Authorities arrested Rodriguez the next day and he was charged with attempted murder.

TeaThe victim has faced a terrible ordeal, the consequences of which will remain with him for the rest of his life.

At Maidstone Crown Court he denied the charge and the prosecution accepted alternative counts of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and having a knife in a public place.

Rodriguez was sentenced on Monday 21 November 2022 to five years and nine months imprisonment. He will need to serve at least two-thirds of this term before he can be considered for parole. The sentence also included an extended license period of another two years.

Detective Constable Alex Peacock, from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: ‘Rodriguez was responsible for a brutal and horrific attack in front of many concerned members of the public. It is only fortunate that the wounds inflicted by him were not fatal. While Rodriguez never told us where he disposed of the knife, the evidence in this case clearly shows that he had every intention of causing serious harm.’

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