Alwyn Stephen Kingsbeer
NZ Lawyer Story 26th August 2006
A man charged with sexually abusing and assaulting his ex-girlfriend's son was found guilty of five out of six charges at Wellington District Court last night. Alwyn Stephen Kingsbeer, 25, faced six charges of assault and sexual abuse on the child, while he lived in Featherston and Lower Hutt last year.
The jury, which retired at 2.50pm yesterday and returned about 9pm, had been told Kingsbeer committed a number of offences against the boy, including flushing his head down a toilet, inserting a pen in the boy's anus, rubbing his face in urine and sticking a drawing pin into the child's penis. Kingsbeer was remanded to appear for sentence on September 22. Before deliberations yesterday Crown prosecutor Cameron Mander told the jury Kingsbeer had become frustrated and angry over the child's wetting and soiling himself. "The actions were a result of the accused's desire to control the child," Mr Mander said. The mother had told the court the child's toilet training had regressed since she met the accused.
Kingsbeer was angry at the child's behaviour and had flushed the boy's head down the toilet "because he would not learn any other way", he said. "It was a warped attempt to convince the child he was severely disturbed," Mr Mander said. While the child had never said Kingsbeer had committed the acts, there was a clear "power imbalance between adult and child" which came to the attention of authorities when the child was treated in hospital for a groin injury, he said.
Mr Mander said the dynamics of the situation between the woman and Kingsbeer were "quite dysfunctional" and had not been helped by the woman being at a "low ebb". The court had heard evidence from medical professionals during the week that it was "unlikely" a child would smear faeces on their face. A child would be unlikely to have the dexterity to insert an item into their anus, or commit acts of self-harm, the court was told.
Kingsbeer's lawyer, Steve Gill, said the mother had concocted the story to protect herself once she realised she was in danger of having the child taken from her by authorities. The child's behaviour was a result of "three-and-a-half years of neglect" at the hands of the mother, who was "distant and depressed", he said. It was no accident that the child's behaviour had improved when the child was removed from the mother and placed with another family member, Mr Gill said. The child had only had contact with Kingsbeer for two months, he said. "But the child had years of emotional trauma to get over."
Mr Gill said Kingsbeer had tried to warn the woman about the child's problems but she had not wanted to hear about them. "She did not accept it - she did nothing." The woman has a revisionist view of history as she was trying to protect herself, he said.
Alwyn Stephen Billington
Date of Birth
Sentenced to 6 years 9 months in September 2006
Successfully appealed sexual violation conviction in July 2007
Resentenced to 1 year 6 months in July 2007
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