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Gravesend man’s face fractured in retaliation over alleged burglary

PUBLISHED: 07:00 16 April 2018

Craig Hotchkiss took the law into his own hands. Picture: Kent Police

Craig Hotchkiss took the law into his own hands. Picture: Kent Police

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A man from Gravesend has been jailed for three years for fracturing another man’s face.

Craig Hotchkiss, of Oak Road, was jailed at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, April 12

He had pleaded guilty to the charge of grievous bodily harm without intent after a man was left with a fracture to his face as well as leg injuries.

The charge related to an incident which happened on Thursday, February 22 in York Road, Gravesend.

The court heard how at around 9.30pm a man called police saying that someone had waved a knife through his letter box before shouting “wrong number” and then went into a nearby flat.

A man was then heard shouting like he was being attacked. Officers arrived and found the victim in the flat with injuries to his head.

As part of the investigation it was found that Hotchkiss, 29, went to the flat in retaliation after one of his family members was reported to have been burgled. Hotchkiss was arrested on suspicion of assault on Saturday, March 3.

After the court case, investigating officer, Det Con James Hales said: “Hotchkiss decided to take the law into his own hands and I hope this sentencing acts as a reminder to people that they cannot behave in such a manner and that the police will always investigate crimes and should be left to do so.

“His behaviour that day caused other residents to fear for their safety as well as led to serious injuries to the victim and I’m pleased he has been sentenced accordingly.”

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