July 2013

Taxi driver sentenced to 16 years for raping 14 year old schoolgirl

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A CABBIE who raped a 14-year-old girl in his taxi was sentenced to 16 years in prison today.

Terence Collins, 61, of no fixed abode, was found guilty of raping the teenager, as well as a 20-year-old woman who got into his taxi after a night out last year, following a trial in May.

The court heard that the “sexual predator” had molested the girl for two years before attacking the woman.

He is said to have driven a “disco cab” to attract young women.

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Collins (pictured above) in his taxi

In his sentencing remarks, Judge Peter Johnson called the perverted cabbie “a callous and intelligent man who knew exactly what he was doing, one who enjoys control over women.”

He added: “In my judgement, you will represent a danger to females while you remain sexually active.”

He said Collins had shown “not one shred of remorse”, and called him “dangerous”.

Collins had pleaded not guilty to two counts of rape and one of sexual assault involving the woman, forcing both of his victims to relive their ordeals in court.

But the jury found him guilty on the second day of deliberations.

As he was sentenced, Collins, who worked for Boscombe-based Star Radio Cars and held a private licence from 2002 until March last year, looked straight ahead and did not flinch.

Fears about the cabbie’s behaviour were raised before he was revealed as a rapist.

Other taxi drivers had become concerned about him taking “unsuitable” images of young women and uploading them onto a social networking site.

John Tye, chairman of the Bournemouth Taxi Trades Association, became so worried he voiced concerns about recording equipment in vehicles when he attended a council Licensing Board meeting in June 2011.

During the trial, Carolyn Branford-Wood, prosecuting, said Collins grabbed his teenage victim when she was walking home from Bournemouth town centre and forced her into his cab to rape her.

Senior Crown Prosecutor Julia Woodward described Collins as “every woman’s worst nightmare” and praised the bravery of the victims.