Kent

Tunbridge Wells man Aaron Smith jailed over stab attack

Aaron Smith
Image caption Smith was hiding in a tent on Tunbridge Wells Common when he was arrested

A man who slashed two men around their necks and then went on the run, hiding in a tent on Tunbridge Wells Common, has been jailed for 12 years.

Aaron Coco Smith, 35, of Goods Station Road, Tunbridge Wells, attacked the men following an argument.

Kent Police said he had been drinking with the men when he suddenly picked up a knife and slashed them.

Smith admitted one count of attempted murder and one count of wounding, at Maidstone Crown Court.

Exposed vertebrae

One of them, aged 43, suffered lacerations to his neck but was not seriously injured.

The other man, aged 62, was in hospital for several weeks as the wounds were so deep they exposed his neck vertebrae.

Officers found Smith in a tent on Tunbridge Wells Common, where he had been hiding for five days.

Det Con Tony Hatcher, of Kent Police, said: "Both victims are lucky to be alive.

"However, both of these men will have to carry the scars of this frenzied attack for the rest of their lives."

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