August 2017

Sex offender who abused young girls claimed he had amnesia when police questioned him

A MAN who claimed to have amnesia when police questioned him about child sex offences has been jailed for 10 years.

Clive Stuart Collins, aged 76 and of Bournemouth, abused two girls during the 1970s and 80s.

He was sentenced at Bournemouth Crown Court on Thursday after being found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and two charges of gross indecency.

He was also told he would be placed on the Sex Offenders Register indefinitely and made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order indefinitely.

The verdicts followed a nine-day trial at the same court last month.

Collins was accused of sexually abusing a girl from the age of six over a number of years.

The victim said she was abused on a regular basis by Collins during the 1970s and early 1980s. She suspected she had been drugged by Collins when some of the offences had taken place.

Collins was also accused of sexually assaulting a second victim, who was a teenager when the offence took place in the mid-1980s.

She also suspected that she may have been drugged by something Collins had put in a drink.

When he was interviewed by police, Collins claimed to have complete amnesia for the entire period of the offences due to a recent heart attack.