Belfast Telegraph

Couple jailed for holding mentally disabled woman as 'sex slave'

Keith Baker has been jailed for 15 years (PSNI/PA)
Keith Baker has been jailed for 15 years (PSNI/PA)
The home of Keith and Caroline Baker (PSNI/PA)

A deviant who sexually abused a mentally disabled woman while holding her prisoner in his house for eight years has been jailed.

Keith Baker was sentenced to 15 years in prison for keeping the woman as an invisible sex slave in a room with no light bulb, carpets or curtains at his filthy house in Craigavon, Co Armagh.

The door had no handle on the inside and the toilet was overflowing with human excrement.

Baker, 61, filmed many of his attacks for his own sexual gratification and held sway over his wife, who was also imprisoned, and another partner through his willingness to resort to violence and total immorality, a judge said at Craigavon Crown Court.

The victim was so badly emaciated she had only one tooth left once she was rescued by police in 2012 after Baker's second partner raised the alarm.

Judge Patrick Lynch QC said: "It is not easy to understand how these individuals have so lost their moral compass that they could subject an individual who clearly exhibited serious mental defects to mistreatment, in sexual terms depriving her of any dignity and even the most basic of living standards."

Baker's wife Caroline, 54, was imprisoned for three, with half to be served in the community under licence, after the pair were filmed sexually assaulting their victim.

The woman's learning difficulties were so severe her IQ placed her in the lowest 0.3% of the population.

She did not appear on the electoral register, was not with a GP or dentist and never claimed benefits.

Neighbours did not even know the victim, completely isolated from the rest of society, was there.

Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Detective Chief Superintendent George Clarke said: "Her basic human rights were stolen from her by people who can only be described as evil."

Keith Baker slumped in a wheelchair outside the dock. Caroline stood inside the box, with her head bowed throughout, even as she was led away in handcuffs by prison guards.

The judge concluded: "Mr Baker presented as a Svengali figure, exercising control on three women based on his dominance, willingness to resort to violence and total immorality."

The woman was reported missing in Cambridge in England in 2004. She was taken to Northern Ireland by Baker, the judge said.

Once there she was subjected to the most horrific of ordeals, naked and unable to defend herself.

She did not even know Keith Baker's correct name.

At one stage she was told by the perpetrators that she had "learned quite a bit" over the last few years, the judge said.

Keith Baker, whose address was given as prison, and Caroline Baker pleaded guilty to sexual activity involving penetration and causing a person with a mental disorder to engage in sexual activity.

He was also charged with rape and indecent assault. Caroline Baker was charged with aiding and abetting rape and other sexual offences including indecent assault.

Keith Baker had been raised in Guernsey and lived most of his life in Kent. He met his wife when they both worked for the Salvation Army.


From Belfast Telegraph