OAP admits stabbing woman at care home

An OAP who repeatedly stabbed a member of staff at a residential care home in Maidstone has ad- mitted attempted murder. Fred Butcher knifed the woman during an unprovoked attack at the Marsham Street home on January 26.

Butcher (79)was a resident at the

home and left his victim suffering severe wounds to her head and body. He was only prevented from causing further injuries when a vis- itor, who witnessed the attack, pulled him away from the victim and forced him to drop the

weapon. The visitor then sat astride Butcher as policewere called. When officers arrived at the

scene Butcher told them that he had meant to kill his victim. He was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty when he appeared before Maidstone Crown Court on March 10. He has been remanded in cus-

tody until sentencing at the same court on June 9. Detective Inspector Tristan Kluibenschadl said: “This was an entirely unprovoked and extremely violent attack on a woman who was simply trying to do her job. It

LOCAL Gurkha soldiers staged a Mouth Everest climb in the heart of Maidstone on March 11. Using exercise machines, the

would appear Butcher harboured resentment towards his victim, over some trivial matters at the home.

“Thankfully, she is now slowly

recovering after being hospitalised for a number of weeks. However, this brutal attack will no doubt have a profound impact on the rest of her life, both physically and mentally. “It has also caused considerable distress and fear to the many eld- erly and vulnerable people who were within a short distance of Butcher as the attack was taking place.”

Gurkhas ‘climb’ Everest for charities The servicemen were raising

team (pictured) ascended 35,400 steps in just nine hours at The Mall. They also carriedweights in bam-

boo baskets of the kind would-be re- cruits are forced to carry on mountainous trails during the gru- elling Gurkha selection process.

money for the Pahar Trust (Nepal), Maidstone Mencap and the Regi- mentalWelfare. The Pahar Trust helps build safe

and spacious schools for Nepal’s poorest children, especially needed after the devastation wreaked by the earthquake in April last year. To support the cause, call LCpl Rual Thaya on 01622 767376.


Two bailed after man’s body found

TWOpeople have been released on police bail after the body of a man in his 40s was discovered in Mid- dlesex Road, Maidstone on Satur- day, March 11. The death in Shepway is unex- plained and Kent Police are contin- uing to investigate the circumstances. A man and a woman were ar-

rested but have both been bailed, pending further enquiries, until Tuesday, May 2. The man has yet to be named and

it is not known how he died. A statement from police said:

“Kent Police along with the ambu- lance servicewere called to a prop- erty in Middlesex Road, Maidstone at 7.30am on Saturday, March 11 where they found a deceased man. The death is currently being treated as unexplained and enquiries are ongoing to establish the circum- stances. Two people arrested in connection with the incident have been released on bail until 2 May, whilst further enquiries continue into the cause of the death. “The body has been identified as

a man aged in his 40s from the Maidstone area."

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