Sailor, 76, guilty of boat sex charges

A JURY did not believe yachtsman John Collins' claim that the encounters he had with three women aboard his vessel during the 1980s and '90s were consensual.

It found that he had in fact lured them to his yacht, drugged them and raped them.

John Collins, 76, had pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to nine offences including rape, sexual assault and drugging the three women on separate occasions between December 31, 1986, and Jan-uary 1, 2000, while his yacht was moored at Bundaberg, Mooloolaba and the Gold Coast.

The jury of five men and seven women started their deliberations on Monday shortly after 11.15am and delivered their verdict yesterday afternoon.

Crown Prosecutor David Nardone told the court last week all three women, who cannot be named to protect their identities, did not know each other but had extremely similar accounts of what happened to them when moored at a marina or while at sea.

He said Collins would place advertisements in newspapers seeking a nanny to help him look after and educate a young boy while his yacht sailed to exotic locations.

"In the case of each woman, the tactics Collins used were very similar," he said.

Judge Michael Shanahan ordered Collins to be taken into custody before sentencing today.



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