March 2018

Victim of twisted paedophile who fled to Spain reveals how long wait for justice ruined her life

The victim of a twisted paedophile who fled to Spain revealed how the long wait for justice ruined her life.

Former nightclub owner Alan Hollis repeatedly raped the woman when she was a little girl in Merseyside in the 1970s.

The 70-year-old, who ran Rumford’s Coach House, in Rumford Place, was arrested after she contacted police in 1996.

He was bailed to appear at Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on the condition he surrender his passport, but fled the country.

The violent pervert was caught at Gatwick Airport as he attempted to fly to Florida in 2007 and dragged back to Liverpool.

Inexplicably, magistrates again granted him bail, on the same condition that he surrender his passport and provide a surety.

He escaped to Spain using a fake passport, where Merseyside Police discovered he was living under a false name in Malaga.

Spanish officers captured Hollis, from Kirkby, in March last year and he was extradited back to the UK to finally face justice.

His victim told Liverpool Crown Court the abuse “had a negative effect on me my whole life” and she “went off the rails”.

She said: “When I told the police about what had happened in 1996, I felt a range of emotions and relief that I was giving myself the opportunity to get it out in the open and have some closure.

“I knew he was arrested and charged with the things he did to me, but then I was told by police that he didn’t turn up at court, and that he had left his house.

“I couldn’t believe it, but there was nothing I could do, so I just locked it all away again and tried my best not to think about it.

“In 2007 I was again told that he had been arrested and all the feelings and emotions came flooding back again.

“To be again told that he had again failed to attend court was so hard to deal with.”

Hollis, who also worked as a private detective, abused his victim from when she was aged just four.

The woman told the court she later turned to binge drinking and taking drugs to cope with her anguish.

She said: “When officers came to my house this year to tell me Hollis had been arrested I fell to the floor, I was hysterical and shaking.

“The feelings again came flooding back – I really need this to come to an end.

“Sometimes over the years I have wished that he would die of natural causes, hoping that it would give me some peace knowing he wasn’t here.

“But then I feel that would be too nice a thing to happen for what he did to me and the torment I have experienced my whole life.”

Hollis was violent to his victim, made her masturbate him, perform sex acts and forced her to watch porn.

She said: “I truly believe if he hadn’t done those things to me, I would have taken a different path in life.

“Although I have done my best to lock it away and not think about it, I have daily reminders and it never goes away.”

The woman, who suffers with anxiety, panic attacks and depression, has now started counselling.

She said: “I think that because I know he is now in custody, I can now allow myself to open up about it.

“For years I feel like I have been in limbo, like my life has been on hold. I hate him passionately for what he did to me and for running away.

“It’s something I just live with. It will never ever go away, it will live with me forever.”

Hollis was jailed for 15 years and nine months, after admitting rape and six counts of indecent assault.

Judge Denis Watson, QC, said the victim’s statement revealed the “severe psychological harm” he caused.

He said: “It is a sample of the horrific impact, the life-changing impact, that your offending has had on her.”

As the brave victim cried in court, the judge added: “She has been waiting since 1996 to hear you say you’re guilty.”

Hollis was deemed an offender of particular concern, which means he will serve an additional year on licence when freed.

He will spend at least half of the term behind bars, but only be released early if a parole board deems it safe.

Hollis must sign on the Sex Offenders Register for life and comply with an indefinite restraining order.