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6 January 2015, 12:38
A 25-year-old man has been jailed after assaulting a man who was left in hospital with a brain haemorrhage.
Luke Rundle, of Twydall Lane, Gillingham, was charged with grievous bodily harm with intent and sentenced to six years in prison at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday, 5th January.
He had admitted assaulting a man in his 50s in a side road off Beechings Way, Gillingham, in the early hours of January last year.
Rundle encouraged his victim to meet in a remote place with an offer of work before dragging him from his vehicle and repeatedly striking him in the head so violently he became unconscious.
Two Kent Police officers on patrol drove past the scene to help the victim and stop Rundle who was nearby the scene and covered in the victim’s blood.
Rundle was charged with inflicting grievous bodily harm with intent and remanded. He has spent the last year in prison on remand.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Phil Pead of Kent Police, said:
"This was a premeditated and ruthless assault on this victim, who was left with a bleed on the brain, fractures to both of his eye sockets and broken ribs. After the victim regained consciousness, Rundle told him, ‘You know I’m going to kill you today don’t you?’ - before continuing the assault.
"Fortunately, at this point they were spotted by a passing police patrol, who were able to get medical attention for the victim and also arrest Rundle as he ran away. I have little doubt that the actions of these two officers not only led to the conviction of Rundle but also saved the victim’s life.
"Had he been left where he was, suffering from a brain haemorrhage in that remote location in the early hours of the morning in the middle of winter, with no one else likely to find him, it is doubtful whether he would have lived through the night."