A man responsible for a violent knife attack in Edenbridge has been sentenced to six years in prison.
Aran Grant left his victim suffering a three inch stab wound to his pelvic area following an assault which also caused internal bleeding.
On 9 April 2016, Grant had been at an address in Hopgarden Close, when he became involved in a dispute with another man. The man locked himself into a bedroom to protect himself after Grant brandished a kitchen knife.
A relative of the man responded to a call for help and arrived at the property. When he tried to help him leave the bedroom safely an altercation ensued, which subsequently spilled into the street. Grant then stabbed the relative in Fircroft Way. He was arrested shortly after.
At Maidstone Crown Court, Grant, aged 28 and of Thursland Road, Sidcup, denied a charge of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, but was found guilty following a trial. He was sentenced to six years imprisonment. An additional sentence of two months was added, to be served consecutively, after he was also found guilty of an offence of failing to surrender to custody.
Grant’s mother, Cherie Grant, aged 48 and of Ridlands Lane, Limpsfield Chart also appeared before the court, over allegations she had repeatedly punched the victim (inside the house) causing injuries including a fractured eye socket. She was charged with assault in relation to these injuries but was found not guilty at court.
Detective Constable Chris Relf said: ‘ Grant claimed during the trial that he had merely struck his victim with an instrument he described as a ‘spatula.’ The reality is that he has knowingly used a knife to inflict serious injury, which on another day could have quite easily proved fatal.’