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Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Okeeno Brown, of north London, stabbed the middle-aged man in a dispute over payment
A drug dealer who stabbed a man in Tunbridge Wells has been jailed for 12 years.
Okeeno Brown, of north London, was convicted before Maidstone Crown Court of causing grievous bodily harm with intent.
The 22-year-old stabbed a middle-aged man in a dispute over drug payment on July 19.
Brown had met with a 31-year-old woman and 51-year-old man to supply heroin, but a dispute ensued and the older man was stabbed in the chest and the woman 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 the man to hospital for life saving treatment.
Mobile phone data was used to identify Brown, who was arrested on July 21 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 Okeeno 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.”