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18 February 2016, 16:00
Three men who dragged a stranger into a lift following a vicious assault have been jailed for a total of more than 17 years.
Men from left-to-right: Steven Orman, Craig Hotchkiss, Chen Nyokanhete
The men - 24 year old Steven Orman from Chatham, 27 year old Craig Hotchkiss from Gravesend and 25 year old Chen Nyokanhete kicked and punched their victim outside a block of flats in Clarence Row, Gravescend. The stranger was bundled into an elevator where the unprovoked attack continued.
The court heard how the victim, who was in his 40s, had left a friend’s flat at about 4.40am on Saturday 12 April 2014 when he was approached by Orman and Hotchkiss outside the block.
He was asked to let them inside but explained he did not have access because he did not live there. The man was then grabbed by the throat and pushed to the ground before being viciously beaten for about 10 minutes, including him being kicked in the head on several occasions and also having a shoe thrown at him.
Nyokanhete then opened the door from the inside to greet Orman and Hotchkiss before the three of them dragged their victim into the lift, where the assault continued.
Meanwhile officers from Kent Police had been informed of the incident and arrived to find the beaten and bloody victim being dragged along a corridor on the seventh floor. He had lost three teeth and was barely conscious, and was also missing a number of possessions including a mobile telephone and a gold ring.
His attackers were all arrested at the scene.
Investigating officer Sergeant Julia Pexton said:
‘The victim in this case was forced to endure an horrific and entirely unprovoked attack, and it is a miracle he is still alive today to see those responsible get the custodial sentences they deserve. Their actions against an innocent man were shocking to say the least, and all three are clearly a danger to the public and belong behind bars. I would like to pay tribute to the victim for showing the courage to relive his attack in support of the investigation, as well as to the officers from the Gravesham local district policing team whose good work on the day may well have saved his life.’
All three men were sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court on Wednesday 17 February 2016.
Orman and Hotchkiss were jailed for seven years each after pleading guilty to robbery and kidnap, while Nyokanhete will spend three-and-a-half years behind bars after being found guilty of kidnap following a trial.