September 2017

Sick predator hung around Hull park ‘looking for boys’ to ply with alcohol and sexually abuse

A predatory paedophile who “hung around” a Hull park “looking for boys” has been jailed for 12 years for a “campaign of sexual abuse” against two of them.

Ian Collinson, 46, “inveigled” his way into the boys’ lives, who both had troubled backgrounds and would “attach themselves to people who were prepared to give them attention”, Hull Crown Court heard.

Collinson, who met one while he was “hanging around” Pearson Park, and the other under a railway bridge, also in west Hull, plied them both with cigarettes, and one with alcohol and sweets, while also taking him for rides on his motorcyle.

Prosecutor Charlotte Baines said Collinson also gave one of the boys a new mobile phone, and “said it was a present so that they could keep in touch every day”.

His sexual abuse of each boy got progressively worse until he raped one of them in a disused building, and got the other to perform a serious sexual offence on him. The latter “loved” Collinson and had “deep-seated feelings for him”.

Miss Baines said the boy who was raped had tried to push Collinson away, “but the defendant did not desist”.

The abuse happened between 15 and 20 years ago when the victims were aged between 11 and 13.

Collinson, of Cambrian Avenue, Holland Street, east Hull, denied any wrongdoing, but was convicted by a jury of one count of rape and 18 offences of indecency with a child after a trial this week.

It was the second time he had stood trial for the allegations, having been found not guilty of a charge of rape last year, although that jury could not reach decisions on the other offences.

Jailing Collinson for a total of 12 years, Judge David Tremberg told him: “You conducted a campaign of sexual abuse against two young boys.

“Each of the boys were vulnerable for a variety of reasons. Their home lives were unsatisfactory, and each spent a lot of time out of their homes hanging around the local park, and being prepared to attach themselves to people who were prepared to give them attention.

“And you hung about the park looking for boys just like this. You inveigled your way into their lives, offering them affection, cigarettes, alcohol, letting them have a ride on your motorcycle.”

The judge said Collinson had introduced one of his victims to “a catalogue of sexual depravity”, and said there was an element of grooming of each boy.

Collinson had his licence period on release extended by a year, and must register as a sex offender for life.