Bevan John Knighton
Bevan John Knighton was convicted after a guilty plea on arraignment of one representative charge of indecent assault of a girl under 12 years for which he was sentenced to three years imprisonment. At the same time he was convicted on his guilty plea of one representative charge of unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 12 years for which he was sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
The offending occurred over a five-month period in 2003. Mr Knighton was boarding with the complainant (X) and her older brother at their father’s home.
 At that time X was 11. Mr Knighton was aged between 18 and 19 years.
 Mr Knighton was entrusted to baby-sit the children in the home from time to time. He developed a close relationship with X.
 On two occasions when they were alone in the house, Mr Knighton approached X while she was watching television, got on top of her and had full sexual intercourse with her. The agreed summary of facts records that intercourse occurred on a third occasion, but X believed this may have occurred after her 12 th birthday, and no charge was laid in that respect.
 X said that she had struggled with Mr Knighton and told him to stop; that she cried; that he removed her lower clothing and had full intercourse with her, causing her severe pain.
 In the original indictment there was a charge of rape, but after what Mr Hembrow described as “negotiations” between the defence and the Crown Solicitor, the Crown decided not to proceed on that count, provided guilty pleas were entered on the other two counts.
 X was young and in a very difficult situation. Mr Knighton told her that she would be fine and warned her that people would think that it was her fault if she was to tell anyone. Unbeknown to X she had become pregnant. Her condition only came to light when her foster grandmother visited her and discovered that X was seven and a half months pregnant.
 Worse was to follow. Shortly after this, X was admitted to hospital with severe abdominal pain and it was discovered that she had contracted chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease.
 Thereafter X gave birth to a baby girl, who was placed for adoption.
 Mr Knighton initially denied the allegations. Subsequent DNA tests proved he was the biological father of the child. He thereupon lamely acknowledged that he must be the father, but “could not recall” these incidents.
Date of Birth
27 July 1983
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OFFENCES / CONVICTIONS
|Event Date||Event||Court Location||Offence Type||Offence Date||Committed While||Sentence Imposed|
|7-12-2005||Appeal hearing Date is approx||Court of Appeal Auckland||Unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl under 12 years old||07-06-2003||8 Years, Imprisonment||▼|