February 2018

Warminster man who lured teen to his flat and refused to let him leave convicted of sexual assault

A man from Warminster who locked a teenage boy in his flat and sexually assaulted him has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Paul Collins, 39, originally from Warminster, fled the country after police arrested and bailed him and was said to have taunted officers by saying he would never be caught.

He invited the 14-year-old in to his flat in the town in 2016 after promising him drink and drugs, Wiltshire Police said.

The boy was then assaulted by Collins who refused to let him leave his flat for up to three hours.

Collins was arrested the same day and released on conditional bail.

But he went to live in Spain and was arrested for failing to appear at a police station during his bail term.

He was brought back to the UK at the end of 2017.

He admitted sexually assaulting a child when he appeared at Winchester Crown Court on Friday 12 January 2018.

He was sentenced on Friday, February 9, Wiltshire Police said.