JAILED: Paedophile who sexually abused young boy at Kenley children’s home
A pervert who sexually abused a young boy at a Kenley children’s home decades ago has been jailed.
Phillip Collins, 69, has been found guilty of sex attacks on a boy at Malvern House in Kenley, dating back to the late 1960s and early 1970s.
Collins, who lived at the care home at the time of the abuse but since moved to Worcester Road in Sutton, touched the victim’s genitals while bathing him and spanking him.
A jury at Croydon Crown Court on Friday found him guilty by majority decision, after four days of deliberation, of five counts of indecent assault against the boy.
Collins was sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to sign the sex offender register indefinitely.
The abuse began after Collins moved to work at the home in Foxley Road when the victim, now in his fifties, was aged seven.
The victim, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, said: “He was a nice guy, and fun to be around.”
He told the court he did not remember anything “unusual” happening during his bath times, but that changed when Collins bathed him and sexually touched his genitals.
“He said something along the lines of ‘do you do that for yourself? You must enjoy it,” said the victim.
The victim told the court that while other members of staff would assign chores for punishments, Collins was different.
“He would start off by asking what it was that you had done wrong and then ask what he should do as punishment,” he said. “If you suggested sweeping the drive he would laugh – he would wait until you said ‘spank me’.”
Collins would stroke the victim’s penis during the spanking sessions and appeared to get sexual pleasure from them, he added.
Jurors were told Collins was convicted of three sex attacks against different young boys back in 1980 – but he claimed he was in fact innocent and had only admitted the offences to avoid being jailed, after a police officer allegedly said he would not face jail if he admitted the crimes. He was only fined at the time.
Jeremy Lynn, defending, denied any of the abuse at Malvern House had happened – claiming the victim’s poor memory and history of mental health problems meant he was not a reliable witness.
But Prosecutor Tim Forster said Phil Collins had “corrupted” his care and inconsistencies in the victim’s account were due to the passage of time and the traumatic nature of the offences.
Charges were brought against Collins after the victim contacted officers at Sutton Council about the historic abuse, who referred the matter to police.
The court heard that the victim had turned “white as a sheet” and briefly mentioned the abuse to his partner after spotting Collins’ wife Doreen – who had also worked at Malvern House – during an event at Crystal Palace Park in 1996.
Collins was cleared by the jury of one count of attempted buggery, where the victim had accused him of trying to have sex with him after a visit to a funfair in Battersea, and nine other counts of indecent assault.
The jury failed to return a verdict on three other charges of indecent assault, which were left to lie on file.
Malvern House has since been demolished and rebuild as luxury flats.