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Brothers accused of stabbing teenage girl await verdict

PUBLISHED: 18:31 15 July 2009 | UPDATED: 10:50 23 August 2010

A JURY is out on two brothers charged with assault in relation to an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was stabbed in the neck. Matthew, 28, and Michael, 24, Godden, of Preston Road, Northfleet, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday. The court

A JURY is out on two brothers charged with assault in relation to an incident in which a 16-year-old girl was stabbed in the neck.

Matthew, 28, and Michael, 24, Godden, of Preston Road, Northfleet, appeared at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard the two men had confronted a gang of five teenagers who hurled abuse at them as they waked around the corner of First Avenue and Park Avenue, Northfleet, last October.

Matthew allegedly sprayed them with red criminal identifier spray and at some point in the fracas a 16-year-old girl, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was stabbed in the neck, the court heard.

Matthew is charged with wounding with intent to cause GBH, stabbing and assault. Michael is charged with assault.

Both are charged with assault occasioning ABH and both say they acted in self defence.

Defending Matthew, Richard Travers said: "There is no evidence of Matthew wielding a knife.

"However naïve and however foolhardy it may have been to have gone back that evening, whatever we may think, that in itself doesn't prove Matthew Godden stabbed this young woman."

Defending Michael, Paul Greene said: "We know that the girl has been stabbed, that's terrible thing, but we know Michael didn't do it and Matthew says he didn't do it.

"Could it be in the heat of the moment under the effects of alcohol and feeling that they are protecting the girls a terrible accident took place?"

A verdict is expected in the next xxxxxxxxx.

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