Yachtsman found guilty of rape for fourth time

A YACHTSMAN'S sordid history of offences against young women has been laid bare after he was found guilty of his latest crimes.

A jury took more than seven hours to find John Collins, 76, guilty of sexually assaulting and raping a young woman, 19, he lured to his yacht under the guise of work and the promise of an adventure on the high seas during the late 90s.

It can now be revealed it was the second time this year Collins has been found guilty of similar offences.

Collins was found guilty in July of drugging and raping three different women aboard his yacht between 1987 and 1999 while it was moored at Bundaberg, Mooloolaba or the Gold Coast.

He was jailed for seven years and nine months for those offences.

Shortly after the verdict was delivered on Thursday Collins got to his feet with bible in hand and told the jury they had got it wrong.

"One day you will all have to face God," he said.

"You convicted an innocent man.

"I am 100% innocent and I should not be sentenced for bloody anything."

Crown Prosecutor David Nardone told the court Collins had a criminal history in four states.

He said Collins had a history of preying on young women after luring them to his yacht.

"He manages to isolate them and then commits sexual acts upon them," he said.

"His acts against this particular woman were particularly degrading.

"His outburst when found guilty showed he has absolutely no remorse whatsoever for his actions."

Defence barrister Callum Cassidy said irrespective of what sentence was imposed, it was likely Collins would serve the rest of his natural life behind bars.

He said Collins had come to terms with the fact it was likely he would do so.

Judge Brad Farr sentenced Collins to nine years and four months behind bars to be served concurrently with the sentence handed down in July this year.

Collins was declared a serious violent offender which means he must serve at least 80% of his sentence.

He will be eligible to apply for parole in October, 2024.

- APN NEWSDESK.


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