Yachtie’s sordid history revealed
A JURY took less than six hours to find John Collins guilty of raping a young woman aboard his yacht as it sailed up the Queensland coast to the Whitsundays in the 1980s.
And this was not the first time. It can now be revealed over the past year Collins, 76, faced two separate trials in the Brisbane District Court for sex offences against four different women, committed aboard his yacht between 1987 and 1999 at various locations along the Queensland coast.
Collins was sentenced in October last year to nine years and four months behind bars for sex offences he committed against one of those women.
He was also declared a serious violent offender, requiring him to serve at least 80 percent of the sentence.
Last week, Collins pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to charges of rape and sexual assault stemming from his interactions with a fifth woman in 1986, while travelling from the Sunshine Coast to Hamilton Island via Bundaberg aboard his yacht.
The young woman, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, met Mr Collins after responding to a job advertisement for a position aboard his yacht.
The advertisement promised an adventure on the high seas in return for some help with minor duties and company aboard the yacht.
As the yacht sailed from the Sunshine Coast to Bundaberg, Mr Collins allegedly made sexual advances and requested sex from the woman, which she refused.
The yacht stopped at Great Keppel Island before sailing to a deserted island, where it was alleged the first rape occurred.
Once the yacht reached Hamilton Island, the woman managed to catch a ferry to Airlie Beach, where she called her parents and caught a bus back to the Sunshine Coast.
During Collins’ sentencing last week, Crown prosecutor David Nardone described him as a predator who preyed on young women.
He said Collins’ sordid criminal history across four states was littered with sex offences against young women.
Judge Julie Dick sentenced Collins to two years behind bars for his latest offences and ordered this be served on top of his current sentence.
"There is not a lot that can be said in your favour," she said. "I think you live in a fool's paradise in your perception about having a relationship with these women." Collins will be eligible to apply for parole in October 2024.