A 20-year-old man who carried out an assault with a knife during a night out in Ashford, has been sent to a young offenders' institute for 30 months.
During the evening of 25 May 2018, Sailesh Darji approached a group of people he didn’t know in a bar in High Street and made an offensive hand gesture at them before leaning over and spitting at one of them.
An altercation arose and staff intervened, forcing Darji to leave.
Darji was seen waiting around outside for a while, banging on the window and trying to taunt the people who remained inside the bar.
Later that same evening, the same group of friends were walking along High Street when they were approached by 20-year-old Darji again, as he pulled a knife from his bag and assaulted one of them.
A man in his 30s suffered injuries to his arm before Darji ran away.
At Maidstone Crown Court, Darji of Beaver Road, Ashford admitting having an article with a blade or point and although he denied charges of unlawful wounding and affray, a jury found him guilty of the two charges. He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment in a young offenders’ institute on 6 February 2020.
Investigating officer DC Natasha Russell of Kent Police said: ‘Darji seemed intent on causing trouble that night, and he was even seen to taunt people at the bar.
‘Upset at being thrown out, when he saw the same people outside later, he took his chance to get his revenge and used a knife to leave one of them with injuries which required hospital treatment.
‘It was a serious mistake to do so and as a result he has been imprisoned. Our message is clear, those who insist on carrying knives in public will always be dealt with robustly by officers.’