Bournemouth man jailed for non-recent sex offences

11 August 2017
A man has been jailed for ten years for sex offences dating back to the 1970s.

Clive Collins, aged 76 and of Bournemouth, was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday 10 August 2017 after being found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency. He was also told he would be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely. 

The verdicts followed a nine-day trial at the same court last month.

Collins was accused of sexually abusing a girl from the age of six over a number of years.

The victim said she was sexually abused on a regular basis by Collins during the 1970s and early 1980s. She suspected she had been drugged by Collins when some of the offences had taken place. 

Collins was also accused of sexually assaulting a second victim, who was a teenager when the offence took place in the mid-1980s.

She also suspected that she may have been drugged by something Collins had put in a drink.

When he was interviewed by police, Collins claimed to have complete amnesia for the entire period of the offences due to a recent heart attack.

Detective Constable Leo Glendon, of Dorset Police’s Serious Sexual Offences Team, said: “Collins’ despicable offending has had a profound impact on his victims, which is something they have had to carry with them for many years.

“I would like to pay tribute to the two victims who showed immense courage in coming forward to report the offences and attending court to give evidence.

“I hope the sentence imposed by the court will bring them some closure and help them to move forward in their lives, knowing Clive Collins is behind bars.

“I also hope that the outcome of this case will give other victims of sexual abuse the confidence to report offences, no matter when they were committed.”

Report Child Abuse: 

Dorset Police: For non-urgent reports, or to make an enquiry, please go to www.dorset.police.uk and follow the ‘Do it online’ function. Here you can pass all the details of your concerns to us via the online enquiry form.  You can also email 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or call 101. If you believe a child is in immediate danger please dial 999. 

Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111     

Local Authority Children’s Social Care:
•             Bournemouth: 01202 456900
•             Poole: 01202 735046
•             Dorset: http://www.dorsetforyou.com/393713

You can also report directly to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP) www.ceop.police.uk 

For more information visit: 
•             Child Online Safety Advice: https://www.dorset.police.uk/help-advice-crime-prevention/crime-prevention-help-advice/cyber-crime/child-online-safety/ 
•             NWG http://www.nwgnetwork.org/ 
•             Barnardos  http://www.barnardos.org.uk
•             NSPCC 0808 800 5000, help@nspcc.org.uk, www.nspcc.org.uk/childsexualexploitation 
•             National Helpline for male victims of CSE 07808 863 662
•             UK safer internet centre website. www.saferinternet.org.uk
•             CEOP resources suitable for parents and children of different ages: www.thinkuknow.co.uk
•             Concerned about your thoughts or behaviour? Visit: www.stopitnow.org.uk
•             Child Online Safety: www.internetmatters.org
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