Triple stabbing KNIFEMAN CAGED
PUBLISHED: 18:03 16 July 2008 | UPDATED: 09:57 23 August 2010
A MAN who knifed three people while on police bail as they celebrated Christ-mas Eve has been given three life sentences. Roger Mancini, 54, of Gravesham Court, Parrock Street, Gravesend, was told he must serve a minimum of six years and four months. He
A MAN who knifed three people while on police bail as they celebrated Christ-mas Eve has been given three life sentences.
Roger Mancini, 54, of Gravesham Court, Parrock Street, Gravesend, was told he must serve a minimum of six years and four months.
He appeared at Maidstone Crown Court last Friday, having pleaded guilty to three counts of wounding with intent to cause GBH at an earlier hearing in May.
The court heard he viciously stabbed his ex-wife, her new partner and an onlooker who tried to intervene in a fit of jealous rage on Christmas Eve last year.
Mancini walked in to the busy New Inn pub, Milton Road, Gravesend, carrying a large carving knife and repeatedly stabbed his ex-wife Tina Hewitt, 43, in the stomach.
Her boyfriend Dave Law, 43, was also knifed alongside David Cheeseman, 24, who tried to intervene. Mancini escaped but was later picked up by police. As he was arrested he told the officers: "They deserved it."
Judge James O'Mahony said: "There you were full of hate and jealousy and obsession and in front of all these people you stabbed your victims one after the other with life-threatening force and Tina Hewitt, David Cheeseman and David Law were fortunate to survive."
The court heard how Mancini had been bailed three days before the attack for breaching a restraining order that had been put in place due to continued threatening behaviour directed against his ex-wife and her new partner.
Prosecution lawyer Cairns Nelson described the attack as "the culmination of a severe and relentless campaign directed at Mrs Hewitt and Mr Law."
Defence lawyer Daniel Flahive said that the separation and divorce from Ms Hewitt in 2004 had caused Mancini a great deal of stress and that he was taking medicine to combat depression.
Throughout the case Mancini has maintained he can not remember the attack.
In a letter read out in court, he said: "When I realised what crime I had committed I was totally devastated. I do show remorse to all of the victims of the crime I have committed.
"I'm so sorry to the families and friends of the victims."
In May the Reporter revealed that Dave Cheesman, 24, and barmaid Vicki Laker, 19, who also intervened, were to receive a gold and silver award respectively for bravery.
They were honoured as part of the national Provincial Police Awards 2007 held at the Adelphi Hotel, Liverpool, on June 25.