STAB ATTACK HEROES
PUBLISHED: 18:32 14 May 2008 | UPDATED: 09:46 23 August 2010
A LANDLORD has paid tribute to the heroes who saved the life of a woman as her ex-husband savagely knifed her on Christmas Eve. Today Pip Nevell, 47, of the New Inn, Milton Road, Gravesend, speaks for the first time about the horrific triple stabbing a
A LANDLORD has paid tribute to the 'heroes' who saved the life of a woman as her ex-husband savagely knifed her on Christmas Eve.
Today Pip Nevell, 47, of the New Inn, Milton Road, Gravesend, speaks for the first time about the horrific triple stabbing at his pub.
He broke his silence days after Roger Mancini, 53, of Gravesham Court, Gravesend, admitted three counts of wounding with intent to cause GBH.
The Crown Prosecution Service at Maidstone Crown Court dropped two charges of attempted murder after his guilty pleas on Friday, May 9.
Mr Nevell said: "Every single person in that pub that night saved lives. They all did their part and they are all heroes. I am proud to know them.
"Nothing can prepare you for the horror of that night. Looking back I still can't believe people didn't die.
He added: "These stabbings put everything in perspective. Tina and the rest are very brave people. They did all this sober, with no bravado through drink, they just stepped in and saved a life. Anywhere else I am certain she would have been killed.
"I have seen a lot as a doorman and landlord, stabbings, fights, everything. When it's your own people you really care about you are frantic, it is the worst feeling in the world."
The landlord, who has run the pub for about five years, described how he came up from the cellar in the early evening to find 'bodies and blood everywhere'.
Mancini had walked in the pub and, armed with a large carving knife, plunged it in to his former wife Tina Hewitt, 43.
Her boyfriend Dave Law, 43, was also knifed and Dave Cheeseman, 24, known as 'Cheese' was stabbed twice in the chest as he tried to drag the knifeman away. One wound missed his heart by two millimetres.
Next month, Dave Cheeseman and barmaid Vicki Laker, 19, who also intervened, will receive a gold and silver award respectively for bravery as part of the national Provincial Police Awards 2007.
A modest Mr Cheeseman said: "I don't think I did a lot really, just what anyone else would do.
"When I realised what was happening, instinct kicked in and I just chucked him off.
"I would do the same again tomorrow in an instant."
As the rest of the pub regulars attended to the injured, Mr Nevell raced down Queen Street after the suspect. Police and ambulance crews were on the scene immediately and Mr Nevell, using a G-Safe radio that links other premises and emergency services, radioed for assistance.
Mancini was picked up by police near the river as he threw the weapon away.
Dave Law said: "What they did that night for me and Tina was amazing. Tina suffered a 12-inch stab wound across her stomach.
"Cheese, Vicky and Maggie Parker, who held her stomach together, saved her life I can't thank them enough. They all deserve awards."
Detective Inspector Paul Heard, of Kent Police, put them forward for the award.
He said: "I could not think of anyone more deserving, I am certain of that. It is quite prudent here that they went above and beyond the duty expected of any member of the public"
The awards are due to be presented at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, on June 25 this year.
Mancini will be sentenced on July 4 at Maidstone Crown Court.