Local Orpington Man Sentenced to Prison After New Year’s Day Stabbing in Gravesend

Local Orpington man Daniel Wray has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison after stabbing two teenagers in Gravesend on New Year’s Day. The incident occurred as Wray and his girlfriend were heading home from a night out to celebrate the holiday.

According to reports, Wray, who was on parole at the time, had a verbal altercation with the two teenagers, ages 18 and 15. He then proceeded to stab them with a knife he had found on the ground. The victims were taken to a London hospital for treatment and have also suffered psychological harm.

During Wray’s sentencing, it was revealed that the attack was sparked by “aggressive and untoward remarks” made by the teenagers towards Wray and his girlfriend, including comments about her appearance. The altercation escalated quickly and Wray ended up stabbing the two teens.

Wray, a former vehicle recovery driver, had been planning to take college exams before his arrest. His lawyer, Shanda McAteer, argued that he was acting in self-defense and had no intention of causing harm. She also highlighted the impact the incident has had on Wray’s girlfriend, who was traumatized and feared for her life.

The judge, Recorder James Lofthouse, acknowledged that there was an element of provocation but emphasized that the consequences could have been much worse. He also added that it was fortunate that the injuries were not more serious.

Wray pleaded guilty to the lesser charges of unlawful wounding and was sentenced accordingly. The judge also ordered that a charge of having a bladed article be left on file.

The incident has left a lasting impact on both the victims and Wray, who hopes to rebuild his life after his release.

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