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Man Jailed After Violent Assault In Maidstone

A man has been jailed for more than eight years following a violent assault in Maidstone which left his victim suffering critical head injuries.

The assault took place last year in a town centre park, where Hamdi Braiek repeatedly stamped on the head of a man, who was laying unconscious at the time.

The victim had initially encountered Braiek in Week Street during the evening of 30th May 2021, where Braiek was challenged over offensive remarks he made concerning how a woman was dressed.

The dispute escalated and led to the victim being pursued into Brenchley Gardens, where Braiek tackled him to the ground. He punched the man and placed him into a choke hold.

As the victim lay unconscious, Braiek then stamped on his head several times. He eventually ran from the scene as onlookers shouted to raise the alarm. The victim, aged in his 30s, was rushed to a London hospital, suffering bleeds to the brain. He was critically injured and placed into an induced coma.

Braiek was arrested on 2nd June, after he was identified by a town centre PCSO as a person matching the description of the suspect. An investigation linked him to three further assaults in the town.

Hamdi Braiek was responsible for a brutal assault which has caused life changing injuries to his victim, who remains in need of constant care

Two of these – against a man and woman in Fremlin Walk – took place on the same day as the Brenchley Gardens assault. Another victim reported being beaten on 28th May in Hart Street, close to where Braiek lived.

Braiek was charged with attempted murder and a trial took place at Maidstone Crown Court.

The 34-year-old was found not guilty but convicted instead of causing grievous bodily harm with intent, which he had having previously admitted. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of battery. On Monday 6th June 2022, Braiek was sentenced to eight years and three months’ imprisonment. He will have to serve at least two thirds of the sentence before he can be considered for parole.

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