Greenhithe: Jail Sentence Over Kidnap
13 May 2015, 16:27
A man who kidnapped his victim and took him on a terrifying joyride through Greenhithe has been jailed.
Bradley Knapp, 21, of Dock Head Road, Chatham, was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday 7 May to three-and-a-half years in prison after he pleaded guilty to kidnap.
Knapp, clad in a balaclava, lurked outside his former partner's home in Wakefield Close, Greenhithe, at around 3.30am on Saturday 6 December last year and pounced on his unsuspecting victim when he drove up to meet Knapp's ex-partner.
He opened the driver's door and punched his victim in the face before ripping the car key out of the ignition.
Ignoring pleas from the victim to stop, he then ordered the victim into the passenger seat and drove off with him.
Threatening his victim that he was going to 'finish him off' in the woods, Knapp sped through the streets until his frightened victim grabbed the handbrake in desperation, causing the car to skid into some parked vehicles in Eynsford Road.
Knapp fled the scene and called the police hours later demanding to be arrested. When he was in custody, he assaulted a detention officer, for which he was sentenced to three months in prison to run concurrently.
Investigating officer, Detective Constable Peter Warden of Kent Police, said: 'This was an awful ordeal for the victim, who has been left traumatised by what Knapp put him through.
'Officers were on the scene of the collision within minutes and Knapp found out we were looking for him. When he was arrested, he continued to be threatening and aggressive.
'He acted in a vile and dangerous manner. He is a violent individual who in my opinion deserves to be in prison.'