November 2015

Paedophile jailed for sexual assault on four-year-old girl

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An Ilkeston man has been jailed for five years for sexually assaulting a four-year-old girl.

David Knighton, aged 51, of Dovedale Circle was found guilty at trial of one count of sexual assault on the child, which took place in 2013.

Judge Gregory Dickinson jailed him for five years at Nottingham Crown Court today. He told Knighton “The jury were convinced she (the victim) was telling the truth when she said what you did to her one day. That was an extremely serious offence against a young child.Whoever you are and whatever your upbringing it’s your role to protect a four-year-old.

“The child had to come to court to give evidence, she had an unnecessary experience.”

In mitigation, it was stated that Knighton, who was said to be suicidal, was from a family that had clearly had difficulties.

He was also put on a sexual offences prevention order for ten years, prohibiting him with contact with females under 16.