April 2017

Convicted paedophile stabbed in Runcorn

A convicted paedophile awaiting sentence was stabbed in a suspected vigilante attack.

Colin William Holland, 43, of Baxter Close, Runcorn was in a wheelchair when he appeared at Chester Crown Court.

The court heard he had been attacked in his home over the Easter weekend by an intruder who shouted “nonce” and knifed him.

Holland was back in court for sentence after being found guilty of sexual assaults against two teenage girls in the 2000s.

Paulinus Barnes, prosecuting, said one offence took place at the victim’s home after Holland had sent her a message online asking if she was home alone.

He arrived 10 minutes later and seemed ‘a bit drunk’ and pestered the girl for a kiss then kissed her, pressed himself against her and groped her.

His victim fled to another room and used her phone so she could tell him someone was on the way.

Holland twanged the bra strap of another young girl in the property and left.

Mr Barnes said the other assault took place in a caravan and involved similar circumstances with a separate victim, who asked him to stop and felt ‘freaked out’ by his physical advances.

Judge Nicholas Woodward sentenced Holland to 12 months in prison concurrent on both offences, suspended for two years.

In addition he ordered the defendant to pay £250 to prosecution costs at a rate of £5 a week.

Holland was also placed on the sex offenders’ register.