Jamie Hall, 39, in dock after Gurkha veteran stabbed in Maidstone
An x-ray showing the
blade in Taitex Phlamachha's arm in Maidstone
by Keith Hunt
A man accused of trying to mug an ex-Gurkha soldier in Maidstone
town centre appeared at the town's crown court today.
Jamie Hall, of Tumin House, Fairmeadow, Maidstone, is charged
with attempting to rob Taitex Phlamachha of £1,000, causing him
grievous bodily harm with intent and having a bladed article, a
large kitchen knife.
Hall, 39, spoke only to be identified for the brief preliminary
hearing by TV link with Elmley Prison, Sheppey.
He was remanded in custody until December 14, when he will enter
recovering in hospital after being stabbed in Maidstone
Dad-of-two Mr Phlamachha, who runs Namaste Off Licence in
Sandling with his wife Asha, 38, was left with a six-inch blade in
his arm in Week Street on October 7.
The couple were on their way home on the Sunday evening after
using a cash machine.
Mr Phlamachha, a karate and taekwondo expert who served for 13
years with Maidstone's 36 Engineers, was treated at Maidstone
Hospital and then transferred to Tunbridge Wells Hospital, where
the blade was removed.
He had cuts to his arm, hands, face and neck - but Mr Phlamachha
did not realise the blade was buried in his arm.
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