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Gravesend drug dealer who chased man with hammer in racist assault jailed for five years

PUBLISHED: 12:53 30 July 2018 | UPDATED: 12:53 30 July 2018

Levi Eastwood was jailed for five years and three months. Picture: Kent Police

Levi Eastwood was jailed for five years and three months. Picture: Kent Police

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A drug dealer from Gravesend who racially abused a man outside his home before chasing him with a hammer has been jailed for a total of five years and three months.

Levi Eastwood carried out the unprovoked assault, which was filmed on the victim’s mobile phone, in May 2018 and was found possessing a large amount of cocaine when officers went to arrest him in Rochester.

The 26-year-old, of Shamrock Road, pleaded guilty to possessing cocaine with intent to supply, racially aggravated common assault, common assault and four counts of possessing an offensive weapon.

He was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court on Friday July 20.

The court heard that on May 31 the victim returned to a property in Cliff Road, Strood, in Medway and saw Eastwood lurking outside his home.

Without provocation Eastwood became racially abusive towards him and threatened to stab him.

Fearing he would be seriously assaulted, the victim turned on his mobile phone and filmed himself running to a nearby fast food restaurant.

Eastwood could be heard in the background shouting racist abuse while chasing after him holding a hammer.

During the chase, Eastwood threw a hammer at the victim before running away when he realised police had been called.

Officers assessed CCTV footage and quickly identified Eastwood as the offender.

They then attended a property in Strood to detain him but he refused to surrender to officers.

A decision was made to force entry as he was known to be inside and it was feared he would try to escape.

Eastwood did attempt to flee the scene but was found in a nearby alleyway in possession of another hammer and two knives.

A search of the property subsequently found a large quantity of cash and cocaine with a street value of around £6,000.

DC Chris Spencer, the investigating officer for the case, said: “The level of abuse Eastwood directed at the victim, who had done nothing to provoke him, was entirely unacceptable and shows him to be a dangerous and unpredictable offender.

“This was a traumatic experience for the victim, who had every reason to fear they were about to come to serious harm.

“The quantity of drugs found in his address showed he was in possession with intent to supply.

“We take a zero tolerance approach to drug-dealing and will seek to prosecute anyone who seeks to benefit from the sale of substances that ruin people’s lives.

“The sentence imposed on Eastwood is therefore entirely justified.”

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