Teenager appears in court charged with alleged West Kingsdown hit and run

PUBLISHED: 09:49 05 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:49 05 August 2013

A teenager has appeared in court after a 58-year-old West Kingsdown petrol station worker was allegedly carried for half a mile on the car bonnet in a hit and run.

Joshua Charnley, 19, of no fixed address, appeared in Maidstone Magistrates’ Court on Saturday (August 3) charged with grievous bodily harm with intent, dangerous driving, theft of fuel and driving with no insurance.

He was remanded in custody and will next appear in the dock in the same court on August 16.

The victim was working at the Texaco garage on the A20 London Road when the incident happened at around 2.15pm last Wednesday (July 31).

As the car tried to speed off, the worker jumped onto the bonnet and carried him for half a mile down the road before he fell off.

The victim, Lekshmanan Asokkumar, is being treated at King’s College Hospital in London where he remains in a critical condition.

A 16-year-old girl has also been arrested but she was bailed until August 23 pending further enquiries.

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