PICTURED: The London drug dealer jailed after knifing Tunbridge Wells man
By kentsussex | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 10:17
A 22-year-old drug dealer from London has been locked up for 12 years after he stabbed another man in Tunbridge Wells in July.
Scene of the incident
O-Keeno Brown, from Tottenham, was found guilty of grievous bodily harm and common assault at his trial at Maidstone Crown Court yesterday.
Tunbridge Wells man Ricky Willingham, 53, was stabbed on the Common on July 19 after agreeing to meet Brown to buy some heroin.
Upon meeting up, a dispute over payment ensued, which ended with Willingham being stabbed in the chest on the Common and a 31-year-old woman being kicked in the head.
The stab victim made his way to Tunbridge Wells railway station, where a taxi driver called an ambulance. The Air Ambulance arrived and took him to hospital for life saving treatment.
Mobile phone data was used to identify O-Keeno Brown, who was arrested on 21 July by police officers in London. He was later charged with grievous bodily harm with intent.
Detective Chief Inspector Jon Clayden from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: "This violent assault showed what a devastating effect drug use can have on people's lives, and also the dangers of people carrying weapons.
"The treatment provided by the paramedics and the swift action of the Kent Air Ambulance crew undoubtedly prevented this case from becoming a murder enquiry.
"Our investigation uncovered that Brown was regularly travelling from London to Kent to deal drugs, and it is satisfying to put a man in prison who is not only violent, but who was also dealing drugs on the streets of Kent."
Willingham, a former labourer who lives in High Brooms, told the Courier earlier this year that when he first regained consciousness, he 'didn't know if I was still alive or not'.