Man jailed after bursting into Gravesend flat and beating occupant with baton
PUBLISHED: 11:01 10 December 2018
A man has been jailed for seven years after he was found guilty of wounding with intent at a flat in Gravesend.
Piotr Oruba, 29, of Upper Richmond Road West, East Sheen, was jailed on Thursday, December 6 at Maidstone Crown Court.
The jury heard how at around 2am on Monday, April 9 Oruba had gone to a flat in Baltic Wharf, Gravesend, armed with a baton.
Inside the flat were two men and two women who were known to him. Oruba entered a bedroom where a man and woman were sleeping and started shouting at the man before Oruba hitting him on the head with the baton. He continued to hit the man several times before he was pulled away from him by the other people.
Oruba then left the flat with one of the women.
The court was told the victim reported the incident to Kent Police and on April 12 he was contacted by Oruba and a woman who said they wanted to meet and to apologise about the incident. During the meeting Oruba offered to pay the victim so he wouldn’t take it any further.
A few days later Oruba told the woman he was going to report the victim for trying to extort money from him.
The jurors heard that Oruba then went on the run despite knowing he was wanted by police.
Officers were alerted that he had boarded a plane to Poland and upon his return to the UK police met him at the airport.
Following the trial investigating officer Det Con Rebecca Ward said: “This was a nasty unprovoked assault on a man who was sleeping before he was attacked by Oruba.
“The victim sustained a nasty injury to his head as well as bruising to his body. Oruba tried to evade capture and has continued to deny his involvement in the incident. I hope this sentencing reminds others of the consequences of such behaviour.”