October 2016

Didcot paedophile jailed for five years after targeting woman and schoolgirl

A PAEDOPHILE who abused two victims shook his head in disappointment as he was thrown behind bars for five years.

Jurors convicted Derek Collins by a majority of sexually assaulting a woman and a schoolgirl after seven hours and 16 minutes deliberating at Oxford Crown Court today.

The former maintenance worker, who was based at Harwell Campus, was also slapped with a sexual harm prevention order and must sign the sex offenders register.

Jurors heard the 53-year-old targeted the woman in 2010.

Collins called her over to a window, claiming there was something she needed to see, before he sexually assaulted her, the court heard.

The sex offender then told her she was an ‘easy target’ and warned her to keep his offending a secret.

The court heard the attack left the woman, described as having ‘child-like’ qualities, feeling distressed.

Collins targeted the schoolgirl almost five years later, assaulting her while she was sitting under a duvet on a sofa in her home.

He attempted to ‘tickle’ the youngster before assaulting her.

Defence barrister Roger Carne told the court Collins cared for his father, who suffers from Alzheimer’s disease.

Collins, of Foxhall Road, Didcot, must also pay a victim surcharge.