Kneecapping

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The act of destroying someone’s knee(s) using a firearm, baseball bat, lead pipe or other blunt instrument, or a power drill—with a countersunk drill bit—as punishment or torture. The practice has been popular with paramilitaries in Italy and Northern Ireland and reported from Gaza. The patella is not always injured in these incidents; damage to soft tissues—nerves and arteries—can be significant
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The victim of a knee-capping armed himself with a wooden baton after death threats.
His managerial career started with a 9-0 defeat, and he has had to deal with threats of knee-capping, a car crash that killed a close friend, taunts of 'Judas', and a dawn raid by the fraud squad.
His killing was one of four attacks on Friday including a knee-capping and two fire-bombings which are bound to put new strains on the peace process.
My friend Lyn Faulds Wood was threatened with knee-capping when she confronted Barrowlands traders flogging pirate DVDs.
Men are hitting women now as opposed to doing a knee-capping," she said.