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Name: JOHN COLLINS

Age: 74 yrs old (2013)

State: QLD

Sentence: Sentenced in April 2013, in the Brisbane District Court, to 20 yrs jail - 16 yrs non parole.. At the time of sentencing, Collins had already served 19 months in jail.

Offence/Other: John Collins - Serial Sex Offender..Collins was found guilty by a Brisbane District Court jury in March 2013, on 19 of 22 charges..Including 10 counts of rape, 4 counts of stupefying women with drugs, 3 of sexual assault and 2 counts of sexual assault in circumstances of aggravation.


John Collins may also have used the aliases - Colin John Sheridan, John Colin Sheridan, Colin Sheridan and Cole Cloon. http://sixtyminutes.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=8703665

News - Crown prosecutor David Nardone said Collins deliberately targeted young women, would introduce himself as a prospective employer hoping to fill a nanny position aboard his boat (his yacht, the Pan Pacific) and then "lured" all seven of them into his cabin where he raped them. Mr Nardone said four of the women were drugged by Collins before he took advantage of them. He told the jury Collins' youngest victim was just 17 when he offered her a job as a receptionist at an Alexandra Headlands motel he allegedly owned after a chance meeting at an employment agency in Maroochydore in 1986. The offences took place between 1986 and 2000 at ports and at sea on Queensland's east coast when the women were aged between 17 and 24. Collins was aged between 47 and 61 during the offending period. Outside court, one of Collins' victims, who cannot be named, said she felt jubilant that justice had finally been served - Read More Below.

John Collins

Serial rapist John Collins, 74, to serve at least 16 years in jail for serious violent offences

A serial rapist sentenced to 20 years in jail for drugging and raping young women told a judge his only crime was to "fall in love too easily".
John Collins, 74, was found guilty by a Brisbane District Court jury on 19 of 22 charges last month, including 10 counts of rape, four counts of stupefying women with drugs, three of sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault in circumstances of aggravation.
Collins maintained his innocence in a submission from the prisoner's dock on Wednesday.
Judge Nicholas Samios today sentenced Collins to 20 years in jail and declared some of the offences a serious violent offence, meaning Collins will need to serve at least 16 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
He called Collins "cunning and devious" and denounced him for showing no remorse.
"Even at your age, I think you could be dangerous because of what you've done in the past to these complainants and you've not been remorseful at all for your offending," Judge Samios said.
Six of Collins' victims, some now aged in their 40s and 30s, cried and hugged one another and their families as the sentence was handed down.
Almost all of the women were raped by Collins after answering his newspaper advertisements seeking a live-aboard nanny on a luxury yacht. They jumped at the opportunity to teach his young son and visit tropical islands off the Queensland coastline.
Over more than a decade, Collins allegedly drugged and raped seven women who came to work for him on his yacht, the Pan Pacific.
The offences took place between 1986 and 2000 at ports and at sea on Queensland's east coast when the women were aged between 17 and 24.
Collins was aged between 47 and 61 during the offending period.
Outside court, one of Collins' victims, who cannot be named, said she felt jubilant that justice had finally been served.
"A serious sexual predator who has been preying on women for almost 30 years and probably longer has got his just rewards," she said.
"I think that the way in which he went about the attacks was designed to make women unsure about how they would be perceived or believed by authorities, it took a long time to actually realise what had happened was rape, it wasn't consensual, and I think he got away with it for so long because of the way he went about it."
She said Collins presented as a respectable man, who never gave her the impression she should have been wary of him.
"What happened that day I took to be a crime of opportunity - I actually thought that he had simply done that, that one time - and finding out there were so many ladies that had come after me was one of the most difficult things to deal with," she said.
Crown prosecutor David Nardone said Collins deliberately targeted young women, would introduce himself as a prospective employer hoping to fill a nanny position aboard his boat and then "lured" all seven of them into his cabin where he raped them.
Mr Nardone said four of the women were drugged by Collins before he took advantage of them.
He told the jury Collins' youngest victim was just 17 when he offered her a job as a receptionist at an Alexandra Headlands motel he allegedly owned after a chance meeting at an employment agency in Maroochydore in 1986.
When she turned up to start her employment she was told Collins' had been called to his yacht, moored nearby, where she should meet him.
Once aboard the yacht, Collins offered the woman a job as a live-aboard secretary and companion for his young son. After negotiating the terms and conditions of employment, Mr Nardone said the pair celebrated with a glass of champagne, although the woman only took "a couple of sips".
Mr Nardone said Collins lay on top of the woman as they sat in the galley of the yacht, forcing himself on to her and raping her.
The young woman was able to flee and never told anyone about the incident until she saw a newspaper article describing a similar rape on a boat in 2000. She went forward to police as a result.
Mr Nardone said the accused's tactics grew more sophisticated as he went on to hire and then rape another six young women in "remarkably" similar circumstances.
Two of the women fell pregnant as a result of the rapes, Mr Nardone said.
He said Collins' final victim was just 19 when she responded to an advertisement advertising a job with him in The Courier-Mail in 1999.
Mr Nardone said the young woman was picked up by Collins and they stopped to buy drinks before travelling to the yacht for dinner.
When it grew late the young woman asked to take a shower and go to bed and was told she should use the shower in the main cabin - where Collins' slept - because none of the other showers were working.
When she got out of the bathroom Collins was in the room waiting for her, Mr Nardone said.
He said she asked him to leave but was forced onto the bed while he shaved her bikini line against her will and raped her twice.
When the incident was reported to police, forensic officers who searched the yacht were able to successfully match the hairs on the electric razor with the woman's DNA, Mr Nardone said.
He said police were unable to find Collins who fled not long after his yacht was searched and left the state and hid from authorities in Queensland.
Mr Nardone said Collins was able to avoid police for six years until he was arrested at Port Lincoln in South Australia on June 5, 2006.
The court heard Collins fled Queensland twice more during that period, delaying the start of the trial.


www.couriermail.com.au (3-4-2013)
Brooke Baskin
http://www.couriermail.com.au/news/queensland/serial-rapist-john-collins-74-to-serve-at-least-16-years-in-jail-for-serious-violent-offences/story-e6freoof-1226611861957


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Yacht rapist gets 20 years

There were emotional scenes in a Brisbane courtroom as a man convicted of raping six women on his yacht was sentenced to 20 years behind bars.
One woman in the packed public gallery of the Queensland District Court broke down and others hugged and clasped hands when John Collins, 74, was sentenced on Wednesday.
"You've given an innocent man the death sentence," Mr Collins protested from the dock before he was led away.
Earlier this year a jury found Collins guilty of raping six women aged 17 to 24 on his yacht between 1986 and 1991, when he was aged between 47 and 61.
He'd enticed the women by offering work as a nanny, promising travel to Queensland's Whitsundays and other tropical islands.
But once on board Collins would offer his victims a spiked drink before raping them.
Two of his victims fell pregnant and two contracted sexually transmitted diseases.
In sentencing, Judge Nicholas Samios compared Collins to the Brisbane bikeway rapist Luke Colless, but said his offending was more serious because he showed no remorse.
Colless was sentenced to 25 years in prison, later downgraded to 16 years, for attacking 11 women on bikeways in Brisbane and the Gold Coast between 2006 and 2008.
Judge Samios said Collins still posed a danger to the public.
"You have acted in a way that can only be described as cunning and devious and dishonest," he said.
"I'm satisfied you thought you had every right to do whatever you wanted to do whether you had consent or not."
In court Collins represented himself and in a rambling pre-sentence address to the judge maintained he was innocent and his victims were his lovers.
Judge Samios interjected several times to tell him he had already been found guilty and to address the topic of his sentencing.
Collins must serve at least 16 years of his 20-year sentence under Queensland law, which says sexual offenders who are considered dangerous must serve 80 per cent of their sentence.
He has already served 19 months in prison.


www.brisbanetimes.com.au (3-4-2013)
http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/yacht-rapist-gets-20-years-20130403-2h6nf.html#ixzz2bi9KeEnF



John Collins, 74, declared mentally fit for sentencing on charges of drugging and raping women on his yacht

A 74-year-old man convicted of drugging and raping women he enticed on to his yacht has sufficient mental capacity to represent himself during his sentencing hearing, a court has heard.
John Collins on Thursday told the Brisbane District Court he intended to represent himself at his April 3 sentencing hearing, saying it was "impossible'' for lawyers to represent him.
Judge Nick Samios, reading from a medical report tendered to the court, said it was now apparent Mr Collins could be transferred to a prison rather than remain at his current secured residence, Wacol's The Park Centre for Mental Health, on Brisbane's western outskirts.
Collins was last week fund guilty by a jury of 22 charges, including 10 counts of rape and five of administering a stupefying drug to commit a crime.
The jury had been told the septuagenarian sailor recruited young women to work on his vessel as nannies, with the added incentive of allowing them to sail to Queensland's tropical islands in and around the Barrier Reef.
Collins, who was convicted of 19 offences, had pleaded not guilty to all charges and ended up representing himself after sacking his counsel at the commencement of his trial.
Prosecutor David Nardone, during a sentence review on Thursday, said the Crown was prepared to provide the material it relied on for sentence to Collins in advance of the sentencing hearing.
Collins told the court he hoped to obtain a medical report for presentation at the hearing, but that he had found it difficult to arrange any medical appointment from the confines of a secure mental health facility. "It's is pretty hard where I am (being) held to telephone a doctor,'' Collins said.
When asked by Judge Samios if he agreed with the medical report he should be transferred to prison, Collins said: "I think you're right. I don't need to remain in a mental health institution.''
Collins said he would find it much easier to prepare for the hearing from a jail cell than a ward of a secure facility.


Courier Mail (21-3-2013)
http://www.news.com.au/national-news/queensland/john-collins-74-declared-mentally-fit-for-sentencing-on-charges-of-drugging-and-raping-women-on-his-yacht/story-fndo4ckr-1226602323306







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