Teenagers Charged in Connection with Stabbing of 17-Year-Old in Maidstone

Teenagers Charged in Connection with Stabbing of 17-Year-Old in Maidstone

Two teenagers from Gillingham and Dartford are facing charges after a 17-year-old boy was hospitalized with a suspected stab wound. The incident occurred outside a residence on Bargrove Road in Vinters Park, Maidstone on June 30.

According to police, a fight broke out at around 9:30pm and the victim was stabbed during the altercation. An 18-year-old man was initially arrested on suspicion of attempted murder but was later released on bail as the investigation continues.

On Tuesday, three more arrests were made and two men were charged in connection with the incident. Derrick Okoh, 18, of Brown Street in Rainham, was charged with violent disorder and possession of an offensive weapon, specifically a glass bottle. Ezekiel Barnes-Naseno, 18, of Abbey Drive in Dartford, was also charged with the same offences but is alleged to have had a knife.

Both Okoh and Barnes-Naseno have been remanded in custody and were scheduled to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on July 4. An 18-year-old woman from London was also arrested on suspicion of assisting offenders but has been released on bail while further investigations take place.

The incident has raised concerns about the safety of young people in the area and highlights the need for better measures to prevent violence among teenagers. The court appearance of the two charged individuals will hopefully bring justice for the victim and provide some reassurance to the community.

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