Yachtie's sordid history revealed after guilty rape verdict

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 during the 1980s.

But it was not the first time Collins had been before a court charged with raping a young woman aboard his yacht.

It can now be revealed over the past year Collins, 76, had faced two separate trials in the Brisbane District Court for sex offences against four different women.

The offences against the four women were 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, which means he must serve at least 80% of the sentence.

Collins pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court this week to rape and sexual assault stemming from his interactions with a fifth woman, in 1986, aboard his yacht while it travelled from the Sunshine Coast to Hamilton Island via Bundaberg.

The young woman, who cannot be identified due to legal reasons, had 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.

Crown prosecutor David Nardone said, during Collins' sentencing on Thursday, that he was 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 it be served on top of the sentence he is currently serving.

She said she had to take into account the totality principal when determining her 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.


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