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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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But he claims it was Sadiq who ordered him to carry out the kneecapping and Hardy is to give evidence against Sadiq, who denies conspiracy to commit grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of a firearm with intent.
The move comes as revenge shootings, beatings and kneecappings rise at an alarming rate.
Mr Trimble said he believed the presence of human rights activists could marshal world opinion and end kneecappings for good.