Thug jailed for breaking into Gravesend home and attacking owner

PUBLISHED: 09:02 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 09:02 04 May 2018

Joel Knapp attacked a Gravesend man in his own home. Picture: Kent Police

Joel Knapp attacked a Gravesend man in his own home. Picture: Kent Police


A vicious thug has been jailed after breaking into his victim’s home and launching a violent assault.

Joel Knapp, 36, entered a home in the Trevithick Drive area of Gravesend with a second man in November 2017.

The pair started to punch a man in his 40s. Knapp put his hand over the victim’s mouth as the latter tried to bite him.

The second man took a knife from the kitchen and stabbed the victim in the arms, leg, and face.

During the assault the victim managed to ring Kent Police but quickly cancelled the call after being connected to an operator so as not to raise suspicion.

That set off a routine welfare check on the location.

Officers attended and the man was taken to a hospital in London for treatment.

Along with the 10 stab wounds, he also suffered extensive bruising, a broken nose, and a collapsed lung.

Following inquiries, Knapp, of Cecil Road, Rochester, was located and arrested.

In court he admitted unlawful wounding, and possession of cocaine.

He was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on April 23 and jailed for two years and nine months.

Afterwards, investigating officer Pc Rebecca Kemp said: “This was a violent and pre-planned attack, committed with absolute disregard for the wellbeing of the victim.

“Fortunately, he survived the attack and provided evidence that ultimately imprisoned Knapp.

“Inquiries to locate the second man remain ongoing.”

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