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Girls approached by Nelson sex attacker
A SEX offender convicted after attacking a pensioner was said to have made advances to a frightened schoolgirl in an alley, a court heard.
Adam Collier, now 25, had been jailed for four years in 2004, after he pounced on the petrified 71-year-old, knocked her to the ground and molested her.
The “horrendous” night-time terror attack in Nelson, had caused great fear among residents of the town at the time.
When Collier was locked up after pleading guilty to indecent assault, he was assessed as pos-ing a danger to the public and was given four years' extended licence.
Collier, now said to be at 'high risk' of committing sex offences, was back in the dock at Burnley Crown Court yesterday, after flouting an interim sexual offences prevention order, made on April 5 by Reedley magistrates.
The defendant had been ban-ned from having deliberate contact with any female under 16, but was said to have approached three girls, two aged 14 and the 15-year-old, outside a phone box in Colne, within weeks.
He asked their names, ages and where they lived and one of the 14-year-olds described him as sounding a “bit freaky.” She was scared and shaking.
The defendant was alleged to have tried to kiss the 15-year-old an invited her to take part in sexual activity'.
One of the girls contacted her father and Collier walked off. Police were called and an officer identified Collier as the suspect and viewed CCTV of the area.
But Collier, who was to claim he thought she was 20, said he didn't fully understand the order. He insisted he had had no sexual intentions towards the girls.
The hearing was told how under the SOPO, which was made into a final order by Bur-nley magistrates on November 13, Collier was also not allowed to enter or remain in any retail outlet with two or fewer females working there. The civil order was said to have been made after intelligence to the police. The defendant was alleged to have touched a woman's bottom in a boutique.
Collier, who has lived at Rob-erts Street, Nelson and at Dall Street, Burnley, and has recently been in a hostel, admitted breaching the SOPO.
Judge And-rew Woolman gave him a six month jail term, but he has already served it on remand.
John Woodward, for Collier, said he had not committed any sexual offences since 2004. He was said to pose a high risk of doing so.
Collier would say he didn't fully understand the order.
He said the offence against the 71-year-old woman was very ser-ious and horrendous.
He added: “It's no wonder the police are monitoring him in this very careful way."
Sentencing, Judge Woolman told Collier :" I am quite sure you understood what the order means. It was a quite deliberate breach of the order.”
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