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Sex offender dwarf caught gigging as leprechaun at nightclub

Crime DeskBy Roisin Gorman
Andrew Collins
Andrew Collins

Fermanagh pervert Andrew Collins has been given the heave-ho by a nightclub where he worked as a leprechaun.

The dwarf, who performs as a Smurf, is on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years after forcing his way into his victim’s home and dropping his trousers.

But he kept quiet about his criminal past when he performed recently at Secrets nightclub in Magherafelt.

Collins had previously dubbed himself the “smallest person in Enniskillen” and performed at hen parties.

At the club’s recently Mischief night he dressed as a leprechaun and squirted alcohol into customers’ mouths. 

The shameless 30-year-old even propositioned a young woman to come back to his hotel.

When pictures of the July 15 event appeared on Facebook it rang alarm bells for the young reveller’s mum who said he shouldn’t be allowed to work with young people who have been drinking.

“He’s working round young women and he is on the sex offenders’ register,” said the worried mum.

“He squirted alcohol in my daughter’s mouth and he whispered ‘would you like to come back to my hotel’?”

When the young customer realised Collins is on the Sex Offenders’ Register she felt sickened by his behaviour.

Her mother questioned why the Enniskillen man is working in a nightclub. He’s also subject to a Probation Order.

“It freaked her out and she felt disgusted with his comments. A nightclub like that employing sex offenders who work with drunk young women, it’s not on. I want him exposed for the wee pervert he is.”

The popular Co. Derry nightclub said Collins would not be back after it became aware of his criminal record.

“As soon as the Sunday World brought this story to our attention we took immediate action to terminate our business relationship with the individual involved. Providing a safe environment for our patrons is our highest priority,” said a spokesman for Secrets.

Collins showed no remorse last year when he was convicted of forcing his way into a woman’s home and pulling down his trousers to expose his erect penis. He told his terrified victim: “No one has to know about it.”

During sentencing last October a prosecutor said the woman feared Collins wanted to engage her in unwanted sexual activity. At an earlier court hearing she said the incident had left her feeling helpless.

“I told him to get out of my house, I was that freaked out about it, and he left.”

When she fled to a friend’s house Collins followed her and the woman went for him. Collins then reported her to police and the full sordid story came out.

The pervert denied he had ever been in the woman’s house and continued to maintain his innocence. He was given a four month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders Register for seven years. The court heard he had two previous indecency offences on his record for urinating in public.

An outraged Collins even rang the Sunday World to protest his innocence and demanded to be allowed to give his side of the story.

He appealed his sentence in February and it was reduced to five years on the Register and an 18 month Probation Order. He was also ordered to pay his victim £300 in compensation.

In March Collins was back in court again on a charge of disorderly behaviour for repeatedly calling a man a ‘woman beater’ after witnessing an altercation in the Diamond area of Enniskillen.

He was given a two month sentence, suspended for 18 months.