DJ branded one of Britain’s WORST sex offenders is denied parole: Rapist, 56, jailed for string of rapes and ‘depraved’ attacks will stay locked up – five years after tablet computer was found in cell full of hundreds of child abuse images
- Richard Baker was jailed in June 1999 for a string of rapes and other sex crimes
- Parole Board say sex offender from Cornwall is not safe to be released from jail
- Attacked young women and girls in London, Essex and Sussex over eight months
Richard Baker, 56, was jailed in June 1999 for a string of rapes and other sex crimes
A DJ who become known as one of Britain’s worst sex offenders has been denied parole.
Richard Baker, who was jailed in June 1999 for a string of rapes and other sex crimes, is not safe to be released from prison, the Parole Board decided.
Over eight months the then 33-year-old attacked young women and girls in London, Essex and Sussex – threatening to kill them if they called the police.
Baker, from Bodmin in Cornwall, wept when he was handed four life sentences after a judge described him as ‘depraved and wicked’ and a danger to women.
Police suspect him of raping more than 100 women, including scores of teenagers.
In 2016, another six years was added to his sentence for possessing and making indecent images of children.
Baker was given a further jail term in 2016 after a tablet containing hundreds of images of children being raped was discovered hidden behind a wooden picture frame in his prison cell
This came after a tablet computer containing hundreds of images of children as young as four being raped was discovered hidden behind a wooden picture frame in his prison cell.
Baker had downloaded images and videos after becoming obsessed with child rape over five months at a medium secure mental health unit in Milton Keynes.
Computer experts discovered he had regularly visited illegal pornographic websites featuring young children.
After a hearing last month taking evidence from officials, medical experts and victims, the Parole Board decided it was ‘not satisfied that Mr Baker was suitable for release’.
A document detailing the decision said: ‘Although Mr Baker’s prison conduct had been generally good, there was also broad agreement amongst all the witnesses that he was not yet suitable to be released on licence.
Experts found Baker had regularly visited illegal pornographic websites featuring young children after the tablet was found inside this picture frame (the front of which is pictured)
‘And he was not recommended for transfer to an open prison.’
Although he had taken part in work to address his behaviour while in jail, it was decided more work was ‘necessary’ as there had been ‘little progress’ since the last review.
Now 56, this is the third time Baker has been reviewed by the Board and he has already spent an extra nine years behind bars.
He will be eligible for another parole review in due course.
In 2016, Judge Francis Sheridan told Baker at Aylesbury Crown Court that he would be a ‘very old man’ before he was released if it ever happened.
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