November 2020

Predatory Shropshire paedophile, 80, locked up for 14 years

An 80-year-old paedophile who sexually abused three young girls has been handed a 14-year jail sentence 

Edgar Collins, of St Andrew’s Close, Shifnal, preyed on two girls who were both under the age of 10 in the late 1990s.

He indecently assaulted both of them on multiple occasions between 1996 and 1999.

Years later, in 2017, he sexually assaulted another girl, who was also under 10

Collins’ crimes came to light recently and he was prosecuted for seven sexual offences against the girls.

He denied all the charges but was found guilty by a jury earlier this year.

One of his victims spoke of being “haunted” by her memories of the abuse he subjected her to, in statements read out at Shrewsbury Crown Court this week.

Prosecutor Mr Benjamin Lawrence referred to impact statements, which mentioned the effects Collins’ crimes had had on the victims.

One of those who was abused in the 1990s, now an adult, spoke of the difficulties she faced because of her experiences, including the effects on her relationships with men and her own children.

The court heard that one victim even felt guilty because another girl was abused after her

For four historic charges of indecent assault against one of the girls, the judge handed down sentences of nine years, four years, three years and three years – all to run concurrently, totalling nine years.

For the two historic offences against the second victim, he was sentenced to three years and 21 months – to concurrent with each other but consecutive to the other offences, equalling 12 years.

And for the 2017 offence of sexual assault, the sentence was two years to run consecutively, which meant he must serve 14 years in total.

Collins will also have to serve an additional year on licence after his sentence is complete.