August 2022

Serial rapist handed further 12 years

A serial rapist who groomed a schoolgirl before going onto sexually abuse her in Burnley has been given a further 12 years in custody.

Shaun Collins, formerly Greenwood, is already serving a life sentence after being convicted of three separate rape offences against three different victims in 2006.

After reading about Collins’ conviction, a fourth victim wrote a letter to a now retired Lancashire Police Detective Sergeant in 2006 outlining how her life had been affected by the defendants sexual offending.

However, at that time she wasn’t ready to make a formal complaint.

In 2020 the victim, who is now in her 50s was recontacted by the police where it was established that Collins, who used to perform as a busker in Burnley, had raped her on more than one occasion when she was under the age of 16.

Such was the impact on the victim, she had to seek counselling years after the attack due to ongoing nightmares.

Collins, 58, of no fixed address, was charged with rape but denied any wrongdoing.

He was found guilty of rape following a trial at Burnley Crown Court.

Appearing at the same court yesterday (August 17) to be sentenced for 11 counts of rape and one count of indecent assault, Collins was told that he would have to serve two thirds of the 12-year sentence before he is eligible to go before the Parole Board.

At that point he will have to demonstrate that he no longer poses a risk to the public or he will remain in jail.

Collins has previously been ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for life.