November 2015

Lincoln pensioner who raped child before hiring her to other paedophiles loses bid to cut sentence


A “loathsome” Lincoln pensioner who repeatedly raped a vulnerable 12-year-old girl before turning her into a child prostitute has been told by judges he richly deserved his 22-year sentence.

Judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court “struggled for words to describe the loathsome depravity” of Karl Sinclair Barker, 69.

Having corrupted his victim, he toured her round dogging sites in Lincolnshire where he would receive money from “old men” in return for having sex with her.

Barker, of Lamb Gardens, Lincoln, also abused 15 and 16-year-old girls in separate incidents and was caged at Lincoln Crown Court on April 23.

He pleaded guilty to rape of a child under 13, arranging the prostitution of a child aged 13 to 17, two counts of inciting a child to become a prostitute and other sex offences.

The twisted pensioner asked Lord Justice McCombe, Mr Justice Goss and Mr Justice Kerr, sitting at London’s Criminal Appeal Court, to cut his sentence.

The court heard that the main victim had been “a normal, happy child” until Barker groomed and corrupted her at the age of just 11.

He “broke down barriers” by giving her booze, cigarettes and cash, then forced himself on her sexually.

“He indecently assaulted and raped her on many occasions before her thirteenth birthday,” Lord Justice McCombe said.

Barker moved onto even greater depravity, touting his victim round dogging sites, where other paedophiles would have sex with her after paying him.

He also often joined in group sex with the victim.

“She essentially became a child prostitute, with him acting as her pimp. He often joined in,” said the judge.

Barker was arrested after picking up two other teenage girls in a local Tesco and trying to get them to prostitute themselves after plying them with vodka.

The main victim – who was so traumatised she started to harm herself – told a family member what was happening to her and the authorities were contacted.

Barker’s lawyers argued 22 years was far too long for a man of his age.

But Lord Justice McCombe threw out his complaints, saying he had shown no remorse and had committed crimes of almost “unbelievable awfulness.”

“He displayed no victim awareness and doesn’t believe he forced his main victim into anything,” said the judge.

“He failed to appreciate how wrong his actions were. After corrupting the first victim, he went on to offend against two other teenage girls.

“The sentence of 22 years was appropriate for the severe harm caused. These were offences of loathsome depravity.”

May 2015

Lincoln paedophile sold a 12-year-old girl to strangers for sex after repeatedly raping her

A paedophile who repeatedly raped a 12-year-old girl and went on to sell her to other men for sex has been jailed for 22 years.

Karl Barker groomed the youngster before moving on to sexual assault and then raped her on “many occasions”.

Barker later took her to dogging sites around Lincoln where he sold her to strangers for sex for up to £50 a time.

Judge Michael Heath passing sentence at Lincoln Crown Court told Barker: “I struggle to find words which adequately reflect the magnitude of your loathsome depravity.

“It almost beggars belief that you could do what you did. You groomed her and sordidly abused her and allowed other men, for money, to sordidly abuse her.

“It is plain to see the effect that has had on that poor girl who is now a young woman.”

Gordon Aspden, prosecuting, said: “He abused her to such an extent that she was quite willing to do virtually anything he wanted. She was totally corrupted.”

He said the victim was “a normal, happy child” until she came under the influence of Barker.

“She found he was affectionate and always very generous,” he said.

“He would provide her with alcohol, cigarettes and money. It was a gradual process of grooming her for a sexual relationship.”

The girl moved away but later returned to Lincoln and was again contacted by Barker who continued to abuse her.

Mr Aspden said: “He was taking her to dogging sites. She would have sex with strangers for money and there was associated voyeurism.”

The incidents came to light in December 2012 when the victim made a complaint to police.

The court was told that during a period when the victim left Lincoln Barker paid two other girls, aged 15 and 16, for sex after plying them with vodka at his flat.

Barker, of Lamb Gardens, Lincoln, admitted rape of a child under the age of 13. He also admitted sexual activity with a child together with arranging prostitution plus two further charges of inciting child prostitution.

John McNally, defending, said that Barker felt deep shame for the way he had behaved.

Superintendent Rick Hatton, of Lincolnshire Police, said: “The investigation is a credit to the Child Protection Officers involved. The sentence passed means a dangerous paedophile is off the streets.”