Man jailed over machete attack in Dane Valley

JAILED: Curtis Pettman

A man has been jailed for seriously injuring his victim with a machete following an argument about a moped.

Curtis Pettman repeatedly swung a machete at the man during an attack in Dane Valley, Margate, on Tuesday 27 July 2021.

The 23-year-old, of no fixed address, later admitted causing grievous bodily harm with intent and possession of an offensive weapon and was jailed for 11 years at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday (April 1).

The attack came the day after three people tried to steal the victim’s moped from elsewhere in Margate.

The victim believed Pettman was involved and attended a property in Denton Way the following day to challenge him.

Pettman took the keys of the victim’s moped and threw them onto the roof of a nearby property.

As the argument escalated, a dog ran from the property where Pettman was staying and bit the victim in the leg.

Pettman then returned to the property and emerged with a 50cm machete, which he swung at the victim six or seven times. The victim used his hand to protect himself, causing serious injury.

Police were called and Pettman fled the scene. He was tracked down and arrested the same day and investigators linked him to the attack using a bloodstained dressing gown he had been wearing at the time.

Detective Inspector Stefanie Earl, of east Kent CID, said: “This was an extremely violent attack which could easily have left the victim with even more serious injuries than the life-changing wounds he sustained.

“Pettman intentionally chose this highly dangerous weapon to launch a senseless attack on the victim. I am pleased the sentence handed down will mean he is unable to offend and impact any further victims for a considerable period of time.”


  1. The motto being let the police deal with your suspicions, don’t go round there & confront such trash.

    • Good luck with that.

      “Police deal with it” – sounds a novel idea and we should definitely look into a police force that can do that.

      • Well it was an unsuccessful attempt anyway-now he has the scars for life from confronting a psycho over it. Cops have access to any CCTV footage available so might have been able to get a result & at best they would have probably not served much time & likely none at all anyway. Was it really worth it for the victim?

        The only good thing is that this individual will now be off the streets for the best part of a decade.

  2. Seems a bit harsh to me, he should of robbed a security van, or imported 3 kg cocaine all earning a profit. If he Molested several children over year’s or shot the guy in the leg all getting the same sentence. The judge must no more than us or he must have grounds of appeal. Someone comes to your home causing trouble and you defend yourself 11 years is joke in my book.

  3. Andy bandit so when someone robs disabled children at knife point and is a repeat offender you would still be like hes a nice boy really ???

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