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Chatham woman Lisa Armstrong punched in face by 'soldier’ in vicious attack at Senola's Kebab House in Gillingham

28 February 2014
by Lynn Cox

Lisa Armstrong, 30, was on a night out with a friend when she said she was attacked by a man who boasted he was a serving soldier as she waited at a kebab shop in Gillingham.

Ms Armstrong, of Ernest Road, suffered a fractured nose and severe bruising to her eyes.

Lisa Armstrong was knocked out in early-hours attack

Lisa Armstrong was knocked out in early-hours attack

Her nightmare began when she and her friend left Bliss nightclub, in Canterbury Street, shortly before 1am.

They went to nearby Senola's Kebab House, in Skinner Street, where trouble flared when a woman with the "soldier" apparently started abusing Ms Armstrong.

"He's supposed to be serving his country, not hitting women..." - victim Lisa Armstrong

As the woman went to hit her, Ms Armstrong said she pushed her away and said she did not want any trouble.

It was at this point that she was punched in the face and knocked out by the man.

Ms Armstrong - who has children Kelsey, nine, and 11-year-old Ryan - said: "He's supposed to be serving his country, not hitting women.

"I have had to visit the hospital twice as they suspect my nose is broken. I've got severe bruising. My lip is cut badly and I now have an infection in it. I was knocked out for several minutes."

Mother-of-two Lisa Armstrong with children Kelsey, nine and 11-year-old Ryan

Mother-of-two Lisa Armstrong with children Kelsey, nine and 11-year-old Ryan

Ms Armstrong, who is a full-time carer for her disabled partner Ashley Wood, said she will never go out in Gillingham again.

She added: "I feel disgusted about what's happened. I don't feel like going out with my friend ever again. I want this man brought to justice."

Ms Armstrong said she has been told by police if the man has not offended before, he could be cautioned.

The attack took place at Senola’s Kebab House in Gillingham

The attack took place at Senola’s Kebab House in Gillingham

A Kent Police spokesman confirmed they are investigating, but no arrests have been made.

He said: "It was reported an argument broke out between two small groups at the kebab shop.

"After reportedly pushing a woman from the other group, the victim was assaulted and knocked unconscious for a short period."


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