Victim suffered collapsed lung after Canterbury stabbing

Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington have been jailed
Kenny Harmsworth and Lewis Whittington have been jailed -Credit:Kent Police

A man suffered a collapsed lung after being stabbed in Canterbury. The victim approached officers who were on patrol in Shaftesbury Road in August last year and said he had been assaulted by two men he knew.

Officers called an ambulance and the man was airlifted to a London hospital, where it was confirmed that his lung had collapsed. Police tracked a suspicious car - in which the offenders were thought to be travelling - to Albert Road, where it was stopped by patrols.

Lewis Whittington, of no fixed address, and Kenny Harmsworth, of Walden Court, who had been travelling in the car, were arrested shortly afterwards. They were later charged with causing GBH with intent and possession of a bladed article.

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Both men pleaded guilty to the charges. Whittington also pleaded guilty to possession of a class A drug with intent to supply.

Whittington, 19, was jailed for seven and a half years and Harmsworth, 23, was sentenced to five and a half years in prison at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday, May 3.

Police said that after being treated in hospital, the victim was later discharged to continue his recovery at home.

'Despicable actions'

Detective Sergeant Vanessa Law from East Kent CID said: ‘Whittington and Harmsworth are violent offenders whose despicable actions that day left their victim fighting for his life. Thanks to the quick reactions of police officers, the victim was able to be taken to hospital promptly and receive vital treatment.

‘I am pleased that these criminals, who were swiftly detained, have received custodial sentences and hope that their victim is given some sense of closure. There is no place for knife crime on the streets of Kent and we will continue to strive to bring the perpetrators to justice."

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