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Man jailed after ‘vicious’ hammer attack on his own parents

A man has been jailed for a “vicious” hammer attack that left his parents in hospital with serious injuries.

Joseph Chattaway, 25, repeatedly struck his mum and dad with a hammer in an attack that sent shockwaves through the local community in Mapperley on 5 August 2020.

Chattaway fled the scene and sparked a seven-day manhunt that saw the force helicopter, drones and foot patrols searching for him.

The large-scale investigation led to his arrest in Staffordshire on 14 August 2020.

Nearly a year later, Chattaway’s father is still being treated for a brain injury. His mother was discharged from hospital in August last year.

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Having initially been charged with attempted murder, Chattaway pleaded guilty to two counts wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm at a hearing on 16 March 2021.

He was sentenced to four years and eight months in prison at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 8 July 2021).

Detective Inspector Pamela Dowson, of Nottinghamshire Police, said: “This was a shocking and vicious incident that a massive impact on the victims both physically and mentally.

“It has been an incredibly difficult time for the family involved and we have worked closely with them to ensure that they have been supported by specially trained officers throughout the investigation.

“A large-scale policing operation was launched to find Chattaway as we were concerned for his safety. Thankfully he was found and we are satisfied that justice has been served as a result.

“We know how difficult this has been for the victims, who have asked for privacy during this difficult time – we expect this to be respected.

“Communities can be reassured that we work tirelessly to investigate violent crime when it happens and will always look to take appropriate action.

“If you are a victim of or witness violent crime in your local area, please contact Nottinghamshire Police on 101 or in an emergency, dial 999.”

Neighbourhood Policing Inspector Chris Pearson, who covers Mapperley, has praised officers and detectives for their work to find Chattaway.

He said: “This case was an incredibly shocking for the local community who were understandably concerned about the attack.

“That being said, officers in the local area worked hard to reassure residents and ensure that patrols were upped in the area while we searched for Chattaway.

“Throughout the investigation, the community were patient and understanding and I would like to thank residents for their cooperation throughout that period.

“This really was a good example of how policing departments work together to achieve a goal and I welcome today’s result.”

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