Remorseless South Australian paedophile Robert Edwin Collins, has described his crimes as “just a bit of fun” Collins has been jailed for at least six years.
Robert Edwin Collins, 61, was found guilty by an Adelaide jury of persistent sexual exploitation of a young girl in the 1980s. The District Court heard he constantly abused his victim throughout her childhood, the abuse started when she was just six years old.
The morbidly-obese man, who is confined to a wheelchair, initially argued he was too sick for jail. The paedophiles lawyer ordered medical reports to help clarify whether Collins could get appropriate care from Correctional Services and whether prison authorities could cope with him.
Judge Michael Boylan said it was clear the man’s needs could be met even though prison staff would have problems.
Judge Boylan said Collins had shown no remorse. ”When the victim challenged you many years later saying you were wrong for what you did … you replied ‘It was just a bit of fun’,” Judge Boylan said. ”Your answer to her on that occasion sums up the way you treated her, as a toy to be played with at your whim. It was extremely serious offending, it was prolonged and a gross breach of trust.” ::::
The court heard the abuse had lasting effects for the victim. ”You have shown no remorse for your behaviour. I have no reason to believe you have any insight into it,” Judge Boylan said.
Collins had been employed as an Adelaide City Council inspector before a hip problem forced him out of work. The paedophile also has heart disease, arthritis and other significant health problems.
Collins was brought to court in an access taxi and special arrangements were needed in the courtroom to get him into the dock.
Judge Boylan jailed Collins for 12 years, with a non-parole term of six years. ”Because your time in prison will be more difficult than able-bodied men, I fix a lower than usual non-parole period,” he said.