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Depraved sex attacker was in our midst

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Depraved sex attacker was in our midst thumbnailCaroline Baker.

THE Ulster Gazette can reveal that a woman jailed in the so-called house of horrors sex slave case in Craigavon had been living in Armagh prior to her sentencing.

Last week Caroline Baker was given a three-year sentence for her part in subjecting a disabled woman to horrific sexual assaults.

Her husband, Keith Baker, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, with another five years on licence.

During the sentencing last Tuesday judge Patrick Lynch QC said Caroline Baker was under the "psychological hold" of her husband. She was given a three year sentence - 18 months in prison, 18 months released under licence.

One of the conditions of Caroline Baker's sentence was that she must have no further contact with her husband. The victim who has severe learning difficulties was kept by the Bakers at their Craigavon home in a cold, locked room without carpet, a light bulb or bedclothes or curtains.

There was a closed circuit TV suspended from a ceiling where the woman was held. The one toilet she had access to was overflowing with human excrement.

The woman was first brought to Northern Ireland by Keith Baker in 2004. It wasn't until Christmas 2012 that police rescued her from the Craigavon house..

At last week's court sitting Caroline Baker, stood with her head bent down as Judge Lynch read out the sentence.

Sources have confirmed to the Ulster Gazette that Caroline Baker had been living in the Armagh area prior to sentencing.

She had to adhere to strict conditions and was being monitored during her time living locally.

However Ulster Unionst councillor Sam Nicholson said more needs to be done to let the public know just who is living in our midst.

"This was one of the most horrific cases I have ever heard," said Mr Nicholson.

"I understand the authorities were keeping a close eye on her but surely when the case is one which involves such depravity then either the public has a right to know the defendant is in the area or more appropriately bail should be refused.

"It makes my skin crawl to think this woman was living in Armagh after carrying out such horrific attacks on a defenceless victim."

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