A CONVICTED armed robber who attacked a service station assistant with a meat cleaver has died after being gunned down in Dartford.

Father-of-three Kevin McKinley, 32, who lived in Louvain Road, Stone, died after being hit in the buttock by a shotgun bullet in Fulwich Road last Tuesday evening.

It is believed Mr McKinley's six-year-old son saw his father dying in the street when he arrived at the scene minutes afterwards with a relative.

Emergency services rushed Mr McKinley to Darent Valley Hospital, where he later died.

News Shopper reported in 2001 how Mr McKinley was locked up for four years after admitting his part in a robbery at the BP service station in St Vincent's Road, Dartford.

Maidstone Crown Court heard how a service station assistant was left with a bloody six-inch gash to the head following the attack, where Mr McKinley and two other men entered the station and demanded mobile phone vouchers.

And in November last year, Mr McKinley was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for possessing a small folding lock knife in Lowfield Street, Dartford.

A post-mortem examination ruled cause of death was shock caused by abdominal hemorrhage after a gunshot wound to the left hip and buttock area.

A young couple who live together in Overy Street have both been charged in connection with Mr McKinley's murder.

Michaela Sargeant, 24, was charged with murder on Friday and appeared before Medway Magistrates Court via video-link on Saturday.

She was remanded in custody and was due to appear at Maidstone Crown Court for a preliminary hearing on Tuesday.

Her partner Lewis Wickenden appeared in the dock at the same court on Saturday, charged with possessing a semi-automatic single-barrel shotgun.

Wickenden also faces a charge of possessing ammunition, relating to shotgun carriages.

Both were held without firearms certificates.

The 25-year-old faced another charge of assisting an offender and will return to the same court for a committal hearing on Friday.