Man Jailed For Rape Of Colchester Child
1 August 2017, 06:40 | Updated: 1 August 2017, 06:42
A man has been jailed for 12 years after being found guilty of raping and attempted to rape a child in Colchester.
Gary Collins, 56, of Weald Lane, Harrow, was sentenced on Friday, July 28, following a three-day trial at Ipswich Crown Court.
He received 12 year sentences for rape and attempted rape, three year sentences for two counts of assaulting a child under 13 and one count of sexual activity with a child and six year sentences for two counts of sexual activity with a child, all to run concurrently.
Collins had previously pleaded not guilty to the offences at Ipswich Crown Court on December 6, 2016.
Police received reports in September 2014 that Collins had sexually abused a child in Colchester over a period of three years between 2011 and 2014. He was voluntarily interviewed and later charged.
Investigating officer Dc Marcus Baker, of Essex Police’s Adult Sexual Abuse Investigations Team, said: “Collins raped and abused a vulnerable and innocent child over a number of years.
“He then pleaded that he was not guilty throughout the case, causing his victim to relive the abuse they suffered through the courts.
“I would like to praise the victim and their family for their courage in bringing Collins to justice. I hope this verdict provides some solace to them.
“Essex Police is committed to finding offenders and putting them before the courts. Collins will now have time to think about his actions in his prison cell.”