Night­club site set for flats

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Nine new flats could be built in place of a pri­vate hire night­club in Maid­stone’s High Street if plans are given the go ahead.

Rafters night­club, which sits above the Gem of Kent restau­rant, could make way for homes.

The plan­ning ap­pli­ca­tion, sub­mit­ted in Jan­uary, comes at the same time as it was re­vealed Chicago could un­dergo a re­fur­bish­ment and re­open as Zee Bar. An el­derly man faces spend­ing years in jail af­ter ad­mit­ting try­ing to kill a man­ager at his re­tire­ment home with a meat cleaver.

Wi­d­ower Fred Butcher pleaded guilty to at­tempt­ing to mur­der Mina Turner dur­ing a brief hear­ing at Maid­stone Crown Court.

The 79-year-old struck the vic­tim on the back of the head with the blunt end of a cleaver and caused her other se­ri­ous in­juries at Hengist Court in Mar­sham Street, Maid­stone, on Jan­uary 26.

Mrs Turner, 59, was left with wounds to her ab­domen, a per­fo­rated bowel and liver dam­age. She also had frac­tured bones and per­ma­nent ten­don dam­age to the wrist of her dom­i­nant hand.

Pros­e­cu­tor Peter Forbes said on Fri­day Mrs Turner had re­cently been dis­charged from hospi­tal and a vic­tim state­ment would be sought from her.

It was a planned at­tack, he said, and caused long-term phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal harm.

“There is per­ma­nent scar­ring and per­ma­nent dis­abil­ity to her wrist,” said Mr Forbes.

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