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Ipswich's Phil 'Treble' Collins jailed for 1991 sex attack

Phil Collins
Image caption Phil Collins carried out sex attacks during the late 1980s and early 1990s

A serial sex offender has been given an additional sentence after he admitted attacking a teenager in Essex.

Phil Collins, 53, who is in prison for attacks in Suffolk, pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a 19-year-old in South Ockendon in May 1991.

At Basildon Crown Court, he was jailed for four years to run concurrently with the 13-and-a-half year term he is currently serving.

Collins, formerly known as Treble and from Ipswich, was jailed in 2011.

He was already in custody in 2011 when he was jailed for raping and indecently assaulting an Ipswich woman, having been given a 10-year jail term the previous year for a "terrifying attack" upon a 17-year-old girl in Gippeswyk Park, Ipswich, in January 1990.

'Extremely relieved'

Following his 2011 conviction, a judge decided the 13-and-a-half year term, for the rape and indecent assault of a woman at her Ipswich home in 1987, would run alongside the 10-year sentence.

With regard to the attack on the 19-year-old, Collins had also denied kidnapping his victim, but was told by the judge that he will not face trial over the charge.

Referring to his latest conviction, Det Insp Jo Williams from Essex Police said: "The victim is extremely relieved that at last the man who attacked her has been identified and has today admitted his guilt.

"She is grateful that her case was never closed and is thankful that she will not have to give evidence and can finally get on with her life."

Collins was arrested in prison in October last year by Essex Police's cold case investigation team.

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