Keith William Honey
Sentenced to 5 years in November 2009
Paroled September 2013
NZ Herald story 29th July 2011
The parents of a young boy who endured 18 months of sexual abuse want harsher sentences for offenders who admit to molesting other victims unwilling to lay charges. The Waihi couple, who say they "lost" their son to jailed sex offender Keith William Honey, said the former mine worker admitted when charged that there had been other victims. Honey told police about at least four other victims, but none have chosen to lay complaints.
Instead, they have said they want to see Honey serve the whole five-year sentence imposed on him in 2009 for indecently assaulting a boy nearly a decade earlier - when the victim was aged between 7 and 8 - and for him to receive help while in jail. The boy's parents say they gained some satisfaction from the Parole Board's acknowledging Honey's other victims in its decision to decline his application for release when he appeared before members for the first time this month.
"We were ecstatic that we were able to take this evidence to the parole hearing - we had written proof on Government documentation [of] what we always knew inside," the mother said. Honey befriended the boy's family and began "grooming" his victim when the lad was just 5. Pressured to keep the abuse a secret, the boy spent years enduring nightmares, before finally speaking out in May 2009. "He'd wake up screaming ... Now we know what the monsters are," his mother said.
The boy's father said his son had received a "life sentence" from the abuse. The boy had collapsed at times, once having to be taken from his school by ambulance. "My wife wakes up and says, 'I didn't save my son.' That's a nightmare I've got live with, let alone my son's nightmare. He's destroyed, but he'll probably get through life. "As a father, I don't have a son, because I lost my son when he was 6 years old. "I have a person who I see every day and I get told by him, 'I know you're my Dad, but that's as far as we go'."
The parents say Honey's other offending should have meant a tougher sentence and want a law change to allow for stiffer penalties in such cases. But University of Auckland law professor Warren Brookbanks believes any offences need to be tested by the courts before being considered at sentencing. "Normally, the court certainly takes into account, in sentencing, a person's previous convictions and that can have a bearing on the type of penalty or severity of penalty imposed - but it does depend on the person having been convicted on those offences.
"I think courts would be generally cautious in putting too much weight on admissions a person may have made that have never been subject to criminal prosecution." When they learned of this month's parole hearing, the parents set about informing schools and daycare centres in Waihi and dropped dozens of leaflets near where Honey lived. The Parole Board eventually received 22 pages of submissions ontop of those made by the boy'sfamily.
Board spokeswoman Sonja de Friez said that as an untreated sex offender, Honey was considered a risk to the community and refused parole. She said 90 per cent of all offenders seen at their first hearing were refused parole, and overall the board declined 72 per cent of all applications. Honey will be seen again in July next year and must be released at the end of his sentence in 2014.
From the Bay of Plenty Times 17th November 2009
The parents of a Waihi boy who was sexually molested for 18 months have spoken of their relief the offender has been jailed for five years, but say their son has a life sentence. Former mine worker Keith William Honey, 36, was sentenced in Hamilton District Court after he pleaded guilty to two charges of unlawful sexual connection with a boy under the age of 12 and one charge of indecent assault on a boy under 12. Honey, of Waihi, committed the offending in 2000 and 2001 when the boy was aged 7 to 8-and-a-half.
The parents, who cannot be named, said Honey had befriended their family and began "grooming" their son when he was just five. Pressured to keep the abuse a secret, the boy was afraid to speak out until April this year. "It crushes us each time we think of how long that little, wee boy carried around all those horrendous secrets.
"We thought we had taught him all the right things like stranger danger ... (but) how do you warn your child against someone you were hoodwinked into believing was a family friend?" They describe their son as "the most amazing kid" for his courage. "He has had to relive the things that Keith subjected him to [and] has returned to having horrendous night terrors."
Their son has also required medical attention for breakdowns that rendered him temporarily incoherent and incapable of walking; and has been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder for which he is receiving counselling. Although he has "a long road ahead", if he'd continued to carry his devastating burden alone he would likely have been a suicide victim, says his father. "We could have been burying him." As well as bringing Honey's offending to light, the parents want to see reforms to the justice system, such as consistency of sentencing and limits on where an accused or convicted sex offender can live.
To their amazement, Honey was initially bailed to an address within a few hundred metres of a school, a kindergarten, and a daycare facility. The couple are angry, too, that Honey was granted name suppression despite their request to the contrary, after he had pleaded guilty in August. Suppression was lifted last week when he was sentenced.
Date of Birth
1973 (D.O.B. is approximate)
At large in Hamilton
Additional Photos & Files
Associated Media Links Parents 'lose' son to sex offender
Keith William Honey Appeal Notes
OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|15-06-2010||Appeal hearing Date is approx||High Court Hamilton||Unlawful sexual connection with a boy under 12 years old||06-10-2001||5 Years, Imprisonment||▼|