Bromley man jailed for stabbing a man in a pub

PUBLISHED: 17:19 12 June 2018 | UPDATED: 15:27 13 June 2018

Jonathan Lawlor has been jailed for six years. Picture: Kent Police

Jonathan Lawlor has been jailed for six years. Picture: Kent Police


A Bromley man who admitted stabbing a man in a pub in Whitstable has been jailed.

Jonathan Lawlor, 37, of Glovers Close in Biggin Hill, was sentenced to six years with an extended three year term to be served on licence when he appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Monday June 11.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to wounding with intent, attempted wounding and possessing a knife in public.

The assault took place in the pub in Sea Street on the evening of Friday September 29 2017.

Lawlor was already in the pub with his partner when the victim, a 34-year-old man, walked in with a group of friends.

Investigating officer DC Steve East said: “Lawlor was captured on the pub’s CCTV producing a folding knife from his coat pocket, opening and closing it and then re-concealing it.

“No arguments or disagreements took place between the victim’s group of friends and the defendant.

“But when a member of staff asked Lawlor to leave he launched an unprovoked attack on the victim, striking him with the knife under his right armpit.”

The victim initially thought he had been punched but realised he had been stabbed when he noticed he was bleeding.

DC East said: “When a friend of the victim stepped between the two men, Lawlor swung wildly at his head.

“Fortunately the blow missed and Lawlor was removed from the pub.”

Six days later the victim was in a pub in Faversham having a meal with his family when Lawlor walked in.

Recognising him immediately, the victim left and a friend took the registration number of the vehicle Lawlor had arrived in, alerted police and Lawlor was identified.

DC East said: “This incident could have been far more serious as the blow would have struck the centre of the victim’s chest had he not turned away when Lawlor threw a fist at him, a fist that contained a knife with the blade exposed.

“Violent crime is never acceptable and the fact that this was a completely unprovoked attack makes it all the more serious. I hope that Lawlor’s lengthy prison sentence will give him time to reflect on his actions.”


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