Breaking Chatham Kent

A stabbing inside a Strood home has led to a man being jailed for seven and a half years



Tommy Powell went to his victim’s address without invitation in June 2020 and, when he was asked why he had attended the property, stabbed them in the chest.


The 34-year-old, of Ansell Avenue, Chatham, denied wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place but was found guilty following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court. He was sentenced at the same court on Tuesday 13 April 2021.


Powell was not known to the victim but went to the Strood address with a mutual friend at around 2pm on 12 June.


He was allowed inside by the victim’s partner and became aggressive when the victim asked why he was there.


After making a verbal threat, Powell produced a knife and grabbed the victim, a man in his 20s, by the shoulder. He then thrusted the weapon towards him, causing a chest wound and an injury to their finger.


Officers attended the scene and tracked Powell to a nearby address, where he was detained shortly after 3.30pm on the same date. He was charged the following afternoon and remanded in custody.  


Charlotte Lundy, an investigator from Medway CID, said: ‘Without any provocation, Powell subjected the victim to a savage assault which could easily have had fatal consequences.


‘He is clearly a dangerous offender who thinks little of inflicting serious violence on other people and I am pleased a custodial sentence has been imposed. I hope this result provides the victim with a degree of closure.’