August 2016

Already convicted child rapist sentenced to 24-years in prison

Knappett, Paul

A 56-year-old man has been jailed for a total of 24 years after being found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting a young boy.

Paul Knappett, formerly of Cambridge Road in Lowestoft, was found guilty of six counts of rape and two of sexual assault on the boy, who was aged under eleven at time of the offences.

Knappett had pleaded not guilty, meaning his victim had to give evidence against him during a trial at Ipswich Crown Court, however a jury found him guilty of all eight charges.

Knappett appeared at Ipswich Crown Court for sentencing on Friday, 29 July, where he was jailed for 18 years for the rape and sexual assault crimes, and was given an additional six years as a dangerous offender – totalling a 24-year sentence.

December 2012

Stockton child abuser who thought he had escaped justice is behind bars – Jailed for 8 years

A CHILD abuser was behind bars tonight – more than two decades after he thought he had got away with his crimes has been jailed for 8 years

Paul Knappett, now 53, left the North-East for a new life in the south and believed he had taken his secrets with him.

But when one of his victims heard he had married and had children of his own, she called police.

Knappet was arrested at his new home in Suffolk and confessed to abusing a boy and a girl in Stockton in the late 1980s.

Teesside Crown Court heard how the crimes had left his victims psychologically scarred.

He once effectively acted as a pimp and took the boy to a friend’s home and ordered him to take part in a sex act.

Prosecutor David Crook told the court that the youngster fought back and reported what had happened.

The boy was not believed and Knappett, formerly from the Hardwick estate in Stockton, escaped unpunished.

Mr Crook said the girl was too afraid to tell what had been happening to her, and still carries the guilt of staying silent.

In a victim impact statement, she told of how she thought the abuse was normal until she had sex education at school.

The other victim said: “I hate him for what he did to me. I would like Paul Knappett to know he has destroyed my life.

“He took away my childhood . . . I have suffered continuously while he has got on with his life.”

Knappett’s barrister, Victoria Lamballe, said he described his actions as “unforgivable” and recognised the damage he caused.

Knappett, of Cambridge Road, Lowestoft, admitted three charges of indecent assault and two of indecency.

He was also put on the sex offenders’ register for life and banned from having unsupervised contact with under-16s.