May 2018

Paedophile stabbed by vigilante smuggled drugs into jail to get ‘protection’

A paedophile stabbed by a member of the public for molesting girls said he smuggled drugs into prison to try and get “protection”.

Convicted sex offender Colin Holland, 44, was attacked in his home by an intruder who shouted “nonce” and knifed him.

The dad-of-five was awaiting sentence at the time after being found guilty of sexual assaults against two victims in the 2000s.

But the disabled wheelchair user was spared jail in April last year and handed 12 months in prison, suspended for two years.

Three months later, he visited his cousin Stuart Doyle, an inmate at HMP Altcourse in Fazakerley, at around lunchtime on July 23.

Liverpool Crown Court heard he passed Doyle a package containing cannabis and steroids, which was recovered from the prisoner.

Holland was stopped by security and denied doing anything wrong, claiming he had been searched on the way into the jail.

Chris Hopkins, prosecuting, said Holland was then shown CCTV camera footage, but the pervert “said it was a sandwich”.

Officers retrieved two packages of cannabis resin, weighing 94.2g with a street value of £940, plus 76 stanozolol tablets.

Holland admitted possession with intent to supply Class B and Class C drugs and breaching his suspended sentence.

His 14 previous convictions for 23 offences include causing grievous bodily harm with intent and cultivation of cannabis.

One of the sexual assaults took place at the victim’s property after he sent her a message online asking if she was home alone.

Holland arrived 10 minutes later and pestered the girl for a kiss, then kissed her, pressed himself against her and groped her.

His victim fled to another room, used her phone and told him someone was coming, before he left after twanging another girl’s bra.

The other assault on a separate victim took place in a caravan and involved the “freaked out” victim begging Holland to stop.

The court previously heard Holland spent a long time in hospital after suffering a brain injury when he was beaten up in 1996.

He had to learn to speak and walk again, which he struggles with now, leading to him using a wheelchair and experience low moods.

Jeremy Rawson, defending, said he had a baby with a girlfriend two weeks ago and has four other children, who are all in care.

He said Holland would lose the tenancy of his home in Baxter Close, Runcorn, if he was jailed and was “petrified” at the prospect.

Mr Rawson said: “He’s lived on his nerves since his conviction in 2017.

“He is a man much vilified in the area where he lives and has been subject to attacks, beatings and the vandalisation of his property.

“The offer of protection was put to him if he complied with the offer that brings him to court today and he did so.”

Judge Rachel Smith said there was a need to send out a message to deter others from trying to smuggle drugs into prison.

Jailing him for 15 months, she said: “The advantage you were going to obtain from doing that was you would be offered protection.

“The protection that you sought was protection from the ongoing reaction to your last convictions which were for sexual assault.”

Judge Smith handed Holland four-and-a-half months behind bars, plus 10-and-a-half months of his suspended sentence.

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.