Knee-capping is a form of malicious wounding, often as extralegal punishment or torture, in which the victim is injured in the knee, usually using a firearm to damage the knee joint and kneecap. This practice was common among paramilitaries in Italy and Northern Ireland. Contrary to popular belief, the patella is usually not injured in these incidents; rather damage to soft tissues that include nerves and arteries is the primary issue. [Nixon JR. "Knee-capping". Low velocity gunshot wounds of the knee: a review of eighty-six such injuries treated at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast. Dissertation for the Degree MCh(Orth), University of Liverpool, 1975. [] [] ]

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* Hamstringing


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