A Birmingham man who claimed his sleep condition made him unaware of his abuse of young children has been jailed for 19 years.
Peter Collins was convicted of committing a string of sexual offences against young girls spanning over two decades.
Collins, aged 58 and from Bordesley Green, began his abuse of young children in the 1990s and the abuse continued until 2016, when one of his victims reported him.
He was eventually convicted of 12 charges including sexual assault, indecency with a child, indecent assault and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity against three young girls following a three week trial.
Collins, a delivery driver, began his abuse in 1995 on a girl who was aged 11 at the time. He then sexually assaulted two other girls, with his last recorded assault being on a 12-year-old girl, which was reported in 2016.
In 2016, the young girl managed to speak out about her ordeal and the police began an investigation.
Investigating officer Katrina Sands said that, "when confronted, Collins denied the allegations and claimed in his defence that he had a condition which led to him fall asleep unexpectedly in a number of places and being unaware of what he was doing. Expert witnesses gave evidence which didn’t support this claim.
"We are delighted that the jury saw through Collins’ denial that the offences had happened and this now means he will be a registered sex offender for the rest of his life.
"We hope that anyone else who may have been abused by him now has the courage to come forward."