June 2018

Child rapist sentenced

 

A child rapist enjoyed a Buckingham Palace outing to see his wife honoured by Prince William.

Former soldier Ian Knight was found guilty of ten sex offences, including two of ­repeatedly raping one of four victims – three girls and a boy – from when she was only eight.

The 55-year-old predator appeared at the palace with his wife, Major Pauline Murray-Knight, on the same day celebrities Ed Sheeran and JK Rowling were honoured.

He watched as the Duke of Cambridge awarded Pauline an MBE for her mental health work. She has also counselled male and female rape victims.

Last night one of Knight’s victims said: “He is a truly appalling man who has ruined my life.

“I can’t believe he was at the palace while police were aware he was accused of such serious offences. My blood ran cold.”

Knight, of Nuneaton, Warks, was jailed for 12 years in March, following the Palace trip in December.

Knight also assaulted a young boy during a game of hide and seek. He evaded ­justice for 40 years until one of his victims went to the police, after many years of counselling, and other victims came forward.

The victim ­added: “To find out the man ­responsible for my trauma has been to such a worthy occasion fills me with fury.

“His victims are deserve recognition and not him. I hope we can all find peace and he rots in prison where he belongs.”

The palace had no comment.