Don't mess with a Gurkha, even a retired one
A former Gurkha soldier fought off a mugger in spite of having a 6in knife blade jammed into his arm -- then held on to his attacker for 15 minutes while he waited for the police to arrive.
Shop owner Taitex Phlamachha had just been to a cashpoint with his wife when he was pushed up against a wall and told to 'hand over the money' or get stabbed. Mr Phlamachha, 38, from Maidstone, Kent, who is a second-dan black belt in karate, said: 'I tried to warn him, "Don't mess with Gurkhas. We're trained to fight." But he didn't listen.'
The tussling pair fell to the ground and the mugger knelt on Mr Phlamachha's chest before trying to stab him in the stomach. But the Gurkha blocked him then disabled the knifeman with a kick before holding on to his clothes with one arm.
Mr Phlamachha, a veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, did not know how badly he was injured until he saw the knife handle on the road. He said: 'I was in pain but it was only when I got to hospital the blade was discovered inside me.'
A 39-year-old man from Maidstone has been remanded in custody charged with attempted robbery and other offences.
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