Serial rapist appeals convictions
AN ELDERLY man who is serving jail time for raping women on his yacht told a court on Wednesday morning that he was going to die in prison for crimes he did not commit.
John Collins, 77, was convicted of raping three women, and drugging one of them, following three separate trials held in 2014 and 2015.
He appealed these convictions in the Queensland Court of Appeal on Wednesday.
Collins represented himself in one of the three appeals. This related to a conviction for raping a woman on his yacht while it was moored at Kawana on the Sunshine Coast in the 1980s.
He told the court he had been in jail for five years already and had more than 12 years in total to serve.
"I have not committed one single crime against those females," he said.
He has also appealed two other convictions, including raping a woman on his yacht while it was at Hamilton Island in the 80s and raping another woman at the Gold Coast in the year 2000.
"How can you be found guilty of crimes that you don't commit," Collins said to the appeal court justices.
"I've spent five years in a jail because of these lying people. I've forgiven them in my heart. I've forgiven them for what they've done to me.
"I'm going to die in jail because of these people. Because of their filthy lies."
The court has reserved its decision.