Knife­man forced driver to give him a lift to Asda

Po­lice praise vic­tim of or­deal as thug with 9in knife jailed

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Nuts & Bolts - By Sam Wil­liams

A man who threat­ened his vic­tim with a hunt­ing knife be­fore de­mand­ing to be driven to a shop has been jailed.

An­thony King­well, 34, has been sen­tenced to 22 months in prison af­ter he took a man hostage and sub­jected him to a ter­ri­fy­ing or­deal.

His vic­tim was driv­ing out of the Murco petrol sta­tion in Brook­field Road, South Ash­ford, on De­cem­ber 10 last year when King­well opened the pas­sen­ger door of the car.

He pro­duced a 9in knife from his track­suit bot­toms and de­manded a lift to Asda, in Kim­ber­ley Way.

Af­ter drop­ping him off near the su­per­mar­ket, the vic­tim im­me­di­ately called po­lice. Of­fi­cers at­tended and ap­proached King­well af­ter see­ing him out­side.

How­ever, the of­fender at­tempted to flee, and as he was run­ning was seen throw­ing a large, metal ob­ject into the air.

When this item was re­cov­ered it was found to be a black-han- dled hunt­ing style knife with a blade that was ap­prox­i­mately 9in long.

He was ar­rested and charged wit h false i mpris­on­ment and pos­sess­ing an of­fen­sive weapon.

King­well, for­merly of Hill­brow Lane in Willes­bor­ough, ap­peared at Can­ter­bury Crown Court this month, where he ad­mit­ted the charges and was sen­tenced to 22 months be­hind bars. DC Jonathan Heard said: “De­spite be­ing in what must have been a fright­en­ing sit­u­a­tion, the vic­tim stayed calm and phoned the po­lice as soon as he could.

“I would like to thank him for the sup­port he has given this in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“King­well put him in real fear for his safety and his ac­tions have shown he is a threat to the pub­lic.

“There is never a good rea­son to carry such a weapon in a pub­lic place, and I hope King­well spends his time in prison re­flect­ing upon the sever­ity of his ac­tions and the im­pact they have had on his vic­tim.”

The Murco garage in Brook­field Road, South Ash­ford

Li­brary im­age

A hunt­ing knife

Ash­ford Asda

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