Update: Collis was released in July 2011 after serving 10 years of his 15 year sentence. He will be on license until 2016. He was placed on the sex offenders register for life in 2001 and that order still stands. Collis is also banned from entering most parts of Derbyshire and the town of Skegness

August 2001

Abuser jailed for child sex crimes

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A 56 year old man has been jailed for 15 years in a series of sexual assaults against children

Francis William (Bill) Collis of Littleover, near Derby was told at Derby crown court that he will also be placed on the sex offenders register for life

Judge John Wait said” You are a selfish man who had no regard for the feeling of these children. You abused them for your own sexual gratification”

Collis was found guilty of two charges of serious sexual assault, five counts of indecent assault, an attempted indecent assault and one charge of causing actual bodily harm

The jury heard that Collis had abused three children at houses in Derby between January 1971 and November 1985

Prosecuting Andrew Peet, told the court: “This is a case of ritual abuse, both physical and sexual against three people, who at the time were all children, and Collis should of known better”

During a week long trial, one victim who cannot be named, told the court that he was forced to perform sex acts on Collis when he was only nine years old

The man, now 38 said that he feared he would be killed if he revealed what had happened to him

He told jurors: “He told me that if I said anything he would kill me and that fear continued until the age of 35. I was very frightened of him and he made a phone call telling me that he would kill me if I told anyone what had happened”

Two female victims, who also cannot be named for legal reasons said they had also suffered indecent assaults

One told the court: “He started kissing me in a way that he shouldn’t of have been. He had his hands under my clothes and started touching me”

He had also touched her indecently while he had sex with a woman

The third witness said that she had been assaulted between 1978 and 1980 while she was a teenager

David Chrimes , defending said: “Mr Collis is a man of bad health who suffers from depression and the medication he took for the complaint has caused him memory loss”

He also told the court that Collis had suffered a heart attack two years ago

Collis who had denied all the charges was found not guilty on two other indecent assault charges