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Baz Hockton jailed for knife attack in Ramsgate

A Thanet man with a "propensity to use violence" has been given a 12-year extended sentence for a knife attack in Ramsgate.

Controlling Baz Hockton – who is already serving a jail sentence for violence – had a bust up with Ricky Diggins last October.

Canterbury Crown Court heard the prisoner, of Wellington Crescent, Ramsgate, admitted wounding with intent – which was committed while he was awaiting sentence for a previous assault.

Baz Hockton. Picture: Kent Police
Baz Hockton. Picture: Kent Police

Prosecutor Andrew Forsythe said after a minor argument between the men, Hockton returned to Newington Road in Ramsgate clutching a steak knife.

"Mr Diggins told him he did not wish to fight but picked up a piece of wood to defend himself,” said Mr Forsythe.

“Hockton advanced on Mr Diggins and used the knife to stab him.

“Fortunately, the injury wasn’t as bad as it might have been but it has left Mr Diggins with a scar.”

Judge Heather Norton gave Hockton a nine-year jail sentence and added another three years which he will serve on licence when he is released.

She told him: “You are somebody, in the view of the probation officer, who has a propensity to use violence as a tool to assert your authority and to control others.

Judge Heather Norton is presiding over the case
Judge Heather Norton is presiding over the case

“You show little understanding and little insight and pose a continuing risk of reoffending and causing serious harm to others.

"You took that knife there and you used it to stab your victim.”

Last December, he was jailed for six years after terrorising a passer-by near a KFC restaurant, when he slashed a victim in the cheek with a Stanley knife.

And when a courageous woman stood up to the thug Hockton punched her repeatedly in the face.

He was later sent to prison for six years after admitting wounding with intent, assault causing actual bodily harm, assault by beating, having a knife in public and possessing cannabis.

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