Six women, who were lured onto John Collins' yacht along the Queensland coastline and sexually assaulted
Six women, who were lured onto John Collins' yacht along the Queensland coastline and sexually assaulted Rae Wilson

Yachtie found guilty of raping sixth victim

A JURY has taken more than six hours to find yachtsman John Collins guilty of raping a young Sunshine Coast woman aboard his vessel during the 1980s.

Collins, 76, pleaded not guilty this week in the Brisbane District Court to raping the woman aboard his yacht on February 14, 1986 while it was moored at Laurie's Marina at Kawana.

The one-day trial heard that Collins had lured the woman aboard under the guise of employment - an all-too familiar scenario.

APN Newsdesk can now reveal it was not the first time Collins had been before a court charged with raping a young woman aboard his yacht.

Collins has faced three separate trials over the past year for strikingly similar offences against five other women.

He was found guilty on each of those occasions.

The offences against those five women were committed aboard his yacht between 1987 and 1999 at various locations along the Queensland coast including the Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Bundaberg, Mackay and the Whitsundays.

Collins is serving an 11 years and seven months jail sentence that has taken into account his overall offending against the five women.

When sentencing Collins for raping this sixth woman, Judge Sarah Bradley said he was a predator who had preyed on vulnerable young woman.

She said Collins's offending against this victim had had a devastating and lifelong effect on her.

Judge Bradley sentenced Collins to 12 months behind bars to be served after the sentence he is serving, increasing his overall sentence to 12 years and seven months.

He was previously declared a serious violent offender which means he must serve at least 80% of the sentence before being eligible to apply for parole.

It is understood Collins has lodged appeals against the five previous convictions and will more than likely lodge another following the verdict in this trial.


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