August 2019

Rapist is jailed for breach

A rapist has been sent back to prison after failing to sign on at a police station.

Kenny Knight was released from prison in May, but did not go to sign the sex offenders’ register at the police station in John Street, Brighton.

It was the 13th time he had committed the offence of failing to notify the police.

Knight was convicted for rape in 2005 and served four years.

He is considered as a “high risk of serious harm to children”.

The 39-year-old refused to leave his cell for a sentencing hearing at Hove Crown Court.

Judge Paul Tain jailed Knight for ten months.

Natasha Isaac, prosecuting, said Knight eventually handed himself in to police in July.

She said: “He was released from prison on May 31, and had three days to sign on to the register. He did not do so.

“On July 24, he walked up to an officers and handed himself in.

“This is the 13th failure to notify offence, and there are several other failure to surrender offences.”

Judge Tain was told that the maximum sentence for breaching conditions of the sex offenders’ register is five years, but was told Knight’s offending was at the lower end of the scale.

The judge gave Knight full credit for an early guilty plea, but said only immediate custody could be justified for the repeated breaches.

The sex offenders’ register was set up in 1997. All convicted offenders must register with the police, in person, within three days of their conviction or release.