Jamie Hall jailed for Maidstone stabbing of Gurkha veteran

Taitex Phlamachha with his wife, Asha Taitex Phlamachha was with his wife, Asha, when the attack took place in Maidstone

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A 39-year-old man from Kent has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stabbing a Gurkha veteran and leaving a 5in (13cm) blade embedded in his arm.

Taitex Phlamachha, 38, was with his wife when he was attacked after withdrawing money from a cash machine in Maidstone last October.

He only knew he had been stabbed when police used a metal detector on him.

Jamie Hall, of Fairmeadow in Maidstone, had admitted four charges and was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court.

Self-defence training

He pleaded guilty to attempted robbery, grievous bodily harm with intent, possession of an offensive weapon and common assault in December.

The judge told him on Friday that he would remain on licence for five years following his jail term.

Mr Phlamachha, who runs a grocery shop, managed to overcome Hall and hold him until police arrived.

The former Gurkha, who has a black belt in karate and taekwondo, served with Maidstone's 36 Engineers for 12 years and said his self-defence training undoubtedly saved his life.

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