A violent disturbance at a private address near Stockbury
has resulted in a prison sentence for a man from
At 6.20am on Saturday 5 May 2018, William Smith, accompanied by two relatives, went to a static caravan in a yard off the A249 occupied by two men and two women he knew.
The caravan door was damaged and Smith poured petrol inside and set it alight.
The occupants of the caravan got out and were later found by attending officers standing on a grass verge at the side of the A249.
Police patrols, including armed officers, and Kent Fire and Rescue Service went into the yard where the fire was extinguished. The caravan had been completely destroyed and two vans had been damaged.
Smith was still at the yard and was arrested. His two relatives had left the scene and were later detained.
Smith of Miller Close, Sittingbourne was charged and, on 30 October 2018, pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court to violent disorder and arson while being reckless as to whether the life of another was endangered.
On Tuesday 11 June 2019, at the same court, 54-year-old Smith was sentenced to seven years and four months in prison.
Detective Chief Inspector Chris Greenstreet of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said:
‘This was a very violent incident and it is only chance that nobody in the caravan was seriously injured.
‘The victims would have feared for their safety until the arrival of emergency services and a lengthy prison sentence is entirely appropriate.’
Further prison sentences
Two other men were previously jailed in connection the same incident.
William Smith, 29, of Miller Close, Kemsley, pleaded guilty to affray at Maidstone Crown Court on Friday 21 December 2018 and was sentenced to one year and seven months in prison.
At the same hearing, Eli Smith, 23, of Lewis Close, Faversham admitted violent disorder and was jailed for two years and nine months.