Per­vert back in jail af­ter trick­ing mum into re­la­tion­ship

Sex of­fender in breach of pro­ba­tion terms

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Development Update -

A per­vert who tried to hide his past by chang­ing his name is back be­hind bars – af­ter sleep­ing in the same home as a child.

When a mother from Folke­stone this sum­mer agreed to a re­la­tion­ship with Daniel Davis, 40, she had no idea he was a con­victed sex of­fender, re­cently re­leased from jail, a court heard.

Davis, of Cud­worth Road, Ash­ford, spun a web of lies in­sist­ing he worked for a fair­ground and had been to prison for drink driv­ing.

But she soon dis­cov­ered her new man was Daniel Bes­sell, a per­vert who changed his name and grew a pony­tail af­ter be­ing caught with child-abuse images.

Folke­stone Mag­is­trates Court heard how Davis stayed with the woman and her child in July, a breach of his prison li­cence.

Prose­cu­tor Neil Sweeney also told how he failed to tell po­lice he was stay­ing at the Folke­stone home for seven nights.

Read­ing her wit­ness state­ment, he added: “She was told he worked in fair­grounds and con­ceded he did time in jail for drinkdriv­ing.”

De­fend­ing, Robert Quinn said there was “no ma­li­cious in­ten­tion” in the stay, adding Davis sim­ply “hadn’t un­der­stood” the terms of his li­cence.

But district judge John Baron sen­tenced un­em­ployed Davis to eight weeks be­hind bars af­ter pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Jane Brat­ton dis­missed the claims.

Mr Quinn said: “As you have seen, my client can have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing things ex­plained to him. My client didn’t un­der­stand [the stay] would cause a breach of his li­cence.”

Miss Brat­ton said: “He was able to change his name by deed poll, which is quite a hard thing to do, so I ques­tion what has been said.”

Last year Davis was re­called to prison af­ter flee­ing to Devon with­out no­ti­fy­ing the pro­ba­tion ser­vices.

On his sec­ond re­lease in Fe­bru­ary, Bes­sell changed his name to Davis to help con­ceal his iden­tity.

Judge Baron said: “Th­ese or­ders are in place to pro­tect chil­dren.

“I’m scep­ti­cal you didn’t know you had to tell the po­lice [about the stay]. I be­lieve it was a de­lib­er­ate breach.

“That breach has put you into a house­hold where chil­dren can stay. I am send­ing you to prison.”

Davis will spend 10 years on the sex of­fend­ers reg­is­ter and pay a £115 fine on re­lease.

‘My client can have trou­ble un­der­stand­ing things ex­plained to him

Pic­ture: Kent Po­lice

Daniel Davis changed his name by deed poll from Daniel Bes­sell af­ter be­ing caught with child-abuse images

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