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Grandmother's killers have their sentences cut on appeal

Harjit Chaggar was found dead in the basement of a shop in Chatham in 2013 Credit: ITV Meridian

Two men jailed for murdering a grandmother in Chatham have had their sentences cut.

The body of Harjit Chaggar, who was sixty nine, was found in the basement of a shop twelve days after she went missing in 2013.

Murshed Miah and Mohammed Islam were sentenced to at least twenty five years each.

But a court of appeal has said the terms were "excessive" and reduced the sentences.

Man jailed after assault and robbery in Medway

Man jailed after assault and robbery in Medway Credit: Kent Police

A Rochester man spent the final moments of his birthday in hospital after having 6 teeth knocked out and his head stamped on 3 times in an unprovoked attack.

The 25-year-old victim had been out with friends celebrating his birthday on 30 September last year in a Chatham pub when he met Deividas Radvila and accepted a drink from him.

Later that evening the victim left the pub with his friend and Radvila and the trio walked to a nearby petrol station to buy some cans of lager. All three men continued drinking as they walked into town, before the victim’s friend left to go home.

Radvila said he would walk back with the victim as he lived in Rochester.

As they began walking together, just as they approached an alleyway, Radvila turned and punched the victim to the ground before stamping on his head twice.

The 20-year-old then began rifling through the victim’s pockets and stole £200 in cash, a mobile phone and bank cards in a wallet.

Not satisfied with his initial bruising attack, Radvila stamped on the victim’s face once again, knocking him unconscious and knocking out six teeth in the process.

Almost a month later, on 25 October, officers from Kent Police were called to a report of a fight in Railway Street, Chatham. Radvila was arrested and charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence. He pleaded guilty and was sentenced at Medway Magistrates’ Court on 17 November 2014 to 30 days in prison.

As a result of CCTV footage, Radvila was identified as the suspect for the incident on 30 September. He was subsequently charged with robbery.

Radvila, of Scotts Terrace in Chatham, pleaded not guilty to robbery, but admitted assaulting his victim. He was found guilty of robbery by a jury. He was sentenced to 6 years in prison when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 25 June.

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Family pay tribute to dead man

The family of a man who died in Chatham have described him as ‘one in a million’ and have thanked the community for its support since his murder.

An initial disturbance began in Glencoe Road at about 10.45pm on Tuesday 16 June, involving a number of men. It is believed to have continued in Magpie Hall Road.

Family pays tribute to Michael Tierney Credit: Kent Police

Michael Tierney, was found in Haig Avenue with serious injuries and he later died in a London hospital. His family have now issued a tribute to the 33-year-old.

Our beloved Mikey was one in a million a wonderful son, fiancé, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and incredible dad to Jojo who he adored and a great stepdad. A light has gone out in our lives and our hearts are shattered. We would like to thank our family and all the community who have shown so much love and support for our Mikey. Also, big thank you to Kent Police who is working effortlessly to bring justice to our beloved Mikey

– Family tribute

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now charged three people in connection with his death.

Man charged with murder following serious assault

Fiancé Michael Tierney was found in Haig Avenue, Chatham Credit: Kent Police

A man has been charged with murder in connection with a serious assault in Chatham, Kent.

33 year-old Michael Tierney was found with serious injuries on Haig Avenue on Tuesday evening (16 June).

Our beloved Mikey was one in a million a wonderful son, fiancé, brother, uncle, brother-in-law and incredible dad to Jojo who he adored and a great stepdad.

– Michael Tierney's Family

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate have now charged two people in connection with the murder.

William Fleming, 26, of White Road in Chatham, has been charged with murder, while Kelly Anne Wicker, 27, of Haig Avenue, was charged with assisting an offender.

Both people were remanded in custody to appear at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Saturday.

Five other people were arrested in connection with the incident:

- Two 39-year-old men from Chatham were arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

- A 37-year-old woman from Chatham arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail until 31 July.

- A 26-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman who were arrested have since been released without charge.

Four new arrests in Chatham murder investigation

Police investigating the murder of a man in Chatham have arrested a further four people.

33-year-old Michael Tierney was found badly injured in Haig Avenue earlier this week. He died in hospital yesterday.

It's believed there was a disturbance between four men in Glencoe Road before he was injured.

Police have now arrested a total of six people after four new arrests.

Two 39-year-old men from Chatham have been arrested on suspicion of murder, while a 37-year-old woman and a 32-year-old woman, both from Chatham, are in custody on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Two people arrested on Wednesday remain in police custody. They are a 26-year-old man from Chatham, who was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, and a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, who was arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

Chatham assault being treated as murder

Detectives have launched a murder investigation after a man found injured in Chatham died in hospital. Local man Michael Tierney, 33, was found with serious injuries in Haig Avenue at around 10.55pm on Tuesday 16 June.

Officers believe an initial disturbance began in Glencoe Road at around 10.45pm, involving a number of men, and continued in Magpie Hall Road before Mr Tierney was found injured. He was declared dead in hospital today (18 June).

Detectives have arrested a 26-year-old man from Chatham on suspicion of attempted murder, while a 27-year-old woman, also from the town, has been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Both people remain in police custody.

Police are continuing to appeal for information.

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Wanted fly-tipper tracked down and sentenced

A wanted fly-tipper has been found and given a suspended prison sentence for his involvement in the dumping and burning of more than 30 tonnes of rubbish.

Glen Dobson, 54, of Victoria Street in Rochester disappeared mid-investigation and was found guilty in his absence.

He was ordered to pay £100 in costs for the offences at a site in Ash Tree Lane, Chatham.

Fly-tipping is unacceptable and will always be taken very seriously.

– Cllr Jane Chitty, Medway Council

Revival of ancient wassailing ritual

Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst

Fort Amherst in Chatham has hosted an ancient Wassailing ceremony which dates back to Saxon times.

It's performed to awaken fruit trees and bee hives and to drive away evil spirits to help ensure a summer harvest.

Keith Gulvin, a Trustee at Fort Amherst for over 30 years, said: "‘it’s reassuring to know that there is such an appetite for these authentic events, and that the time and energy it takes to ensure these ceremonies aren’t forgotten is not in vain."

Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst
Wassailing at Fort Amherst Credit: Fort Amherst

Teenager charged in connection with assault

A teenage boy has appeared in court after an assault in Chatham.

A 15-year-old boy was taken to a London hospital with serious injuries, consistent with stab wounds, after the incident in the area of Ordnance Street at around 4.15pm on Sunday 28 December.

A 15-year-old boy, of no fixed address, has been charged with wounding with intent and possessing a knife in a public place. He appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday 30 December and was remanded until he appears at Maidstone Crown Court on 19 January 2015.

A 15-year-old boy from Medway and a 17-year-old boy from Ashford were also arrested in connection with the incident and have been bailed until 19 February 2015 pending further enquiries.

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