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Andrew Jenkins shot in Cambridge Crescent, Shepway, Maidstone, was shot in the chest

A man killed on the doorstep of a home in a quiet residential street was shot in the chest, an inquest has heard.

Emergency services rushed to Cambridge Crescent in Shepway, Maidstone on Sunday, March 17 where 54-year-old Andrew Jenkins, from Rochester, was found collapsed.

A woman passing by, Urszula Maliszenska, tried to save Mr Jenkins' life by putting him in the recovery position and performing CPR but he was pronounced dead shortly after paramedics and air ambulance crews arrived.

Police at the scene in March

A post mortem report presented at the opening of the inquest today concluded that his medical cause of death was a gunshot wound to the chest.

Police remained at the scene for the following two days and recovered a firearm.

Jeffery Mills is accused of murder (7989509)
Jeffery Mills is accused of murder (7989509)

Jeffrey Mills, also 54-year-old and of Cambridge Crescent, was arrested the following day and later charged with murder as well as possession of ammunition without a firearms licence and two counts of possession of a prohibited weapon.

He appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, March 21 but did not enter a plea.

Police at the scene during the murder inquiry
Police at the scene during the murder inquiry

He is likely to enter not guilty pleas at the next hearing in April before going on trial in September. He is expected to claim self-defence.

Mr Jenkins' death is the third alleged murder in Maidstone in less than three months, following the killings of 19-year-old Parwin Quriashi on Christmas Day and Wesley Adyinka on February 10.

Anyone who witnessed the incident or who has information that may assist the investigation is asked to contact the appeals line on 01622 604100 quoting reference 17-0574.

Alternatively contact the independent charity Crimestoppers in Kent anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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