Three women anxiously await accused rapist's fate

THREE women face an anxious wait for a jury to determine the fate of a man who they claim drugged and raped them aboard his yacht during the 80s and 90s.

John Collins, 76, pleaded not guilty in the Brisbane District Court to nine offences including rape, sexual assault and drugging the three women on separate occasions between December 31, 1986, and January 1, 2000, while his yacht was moored at Bundaberg, Mooloolaba and the Gold Coast.

Collins claims the encounters were consensual.

The jury of five men and seven women started their deliberations shortly after 11.15am on Monday after hearing final directions from Judge Michael Shanahan.

Crown Prosecutor David Nardone told the court at the start of the trial last week all three women, who cannot be named to protect their identities, did not know each other but had extremely similar accounts of what happened to them when moored at a marina or while at sea.

He said Collins would place advertisements in newspapers seeking a nanny to help him look after and educate a young boy while his yacht sailed to exotic locations.



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