Tonbridge stabbing victim Thomas Waugh suffered lung injury as murder investigation continues

A stabbing victim died of lung injuries, an inquest has heard.

Thomas Waugh, who was 20, was found by a passerby slumped against a wall and lying on the pavement of Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge.

Thomas Waugh died in Tonbridge

An inquest into his death this morning heard the witness call an ambulance and attempt CPR until paramedics arrived after raising the alarm at 12.55am on the morning of Friday August 19.

They discovered that Mr Waugh was bleeding from a chest wound and also had a laceration on the left side of his face.

They continued CPR but could not save him. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 1:34 a.m.

Coroner Alan Blunsdon said a post-mortem examination determined the cause of death to be a stab wound to the left lung and noted that a murder investigation was ongoing.

Mr Waugh, born in Tunbridge Wells, was single and employed as a catering assistant. He lived at The Drive in Tonbridge.

Officers at the scene in Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge after the August 19 incident

Officers at the scene in Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge after the August 19 incident

Officers at the scene in Avebury Avenue, Tonbridge after the August 19 incident

Mr Blundson adjourned the full hearing until December 1 at County Hall, warning the date depended on the progress of the police investigation.

Officers have charged two people with the murder – a 17-year-old boy, from Coulsdon, and a 16-year-old boy, from Tonbridge. Both are still in custody and no date has been set for their trial.

They are also charged with Mr. Waugh’s attempted robbery, as well as an additional count of robbery relating to two men who had been with Mr. Waugh before the attack.

A 16-year-old girl, originally arrested for murder, and a 47-year-old woman, suspected of aiding an offender, have been released on bail until November 21.

The incident caused a huge police presence on Avebury Avenue at the time.

Anyone with information that could help the police in their investigation is asked to call 101, quoting reference 46/YY/13700/22.

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