July 2015

Serial paedophile has been jailed for 14 years

Gerald Baker

A serial paedophile has been jailed for 14 years after being found guilty of 10 charges of sexual offences against children.

Gerald Baker, 58, of Sudbury Walk, Newport, was described by one of his victims as “a monster not a man”.

The woman, who cannot be identified, read a heart rending victim impact statement to the court in which she said because of the “horrible things” Baker did to her as a child she could not trust men and had no interest in sex.

Baker was found guilty unanimously by a jury at Newport Crown Court earlier this year of six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one of attempted rape

Baker has a string of previous offences including two of abducting children.

One of the abduction offences, in 2003, involved him taking a child to Gibraltar where he was arrested.

Sentencing Baker at Swansea Crown Court, Recorder Peter Rouch QC told him: “The effect of your offending has been lasting and deep as we have heard from victim impact statements.

“You said you yourself were abused as a child and if that is true it might go some way to explain what you did but it’s certainly not an excuse.”

When interviewed by police in December 2013, Baker denied having any knowledge of the historical sex allegations.

But during the four day trial the court heard Baker’s victims may have been as young as four.

The second victim, who Baker attempted to rape, said in her police statement: “He put his hand across my mouth to stop me screaming.”

During the trial the jury heard Baker had numerous previous convictions – many relating to sexual offences involving children.

Mr Wilson said one of Baker’s victims said as a result of his actions she now “hated men” and “hated sex.”

Timothy Evans, for Baker, said his client was “a boy” at the time of the offences and emphasised how the historic nature of the offences, which occurred “nearly half a century ago” could have led to witness memory loss regarding the facts.

The court heard Baker’s last offence took place in the 1990s and involved indecent assaults on young boy.

The second of Baker’s victims in the Newport Crown Court case said: “I’ve been punished a lot longer than he ever will be.

“Throughout my life I’ve hated men and not liked kissing or having sex.”

June 2015

Newport man found guilty of child sex offences faces ‘very substantial’ prison sentence

Gerald Baker58  outside Newport Crown Court

A NEWPORT man has been found guilty of ten charges of sexual offences against children.

Gerald Baker, 58, of Sudbury Walk, was found guilty by a unanimous jury verdict at Newport Crown Court today of six counts of rape, three counts of indecent assault and one count of attempted rape.

Baker, wearing a white shirt and red tie, remained unmoved as the verdict was read out.

The alleged offences date back to the 1970’s when the defendant was a boy.

When interviewed by police in December 2013, Baker denied having any knowledge of the allegations.

During the four day trial the court heard how Baker had sex with female victims who may have been as young as four.

Prosecutor James Wilson said Baker, before raping one of his victims, gave her a beaker of his own urine which she thought was cloudy lemonade and made her take a “big gulp” of it.

The second victim, who Baker attempted to rape, said in her police statement: “He put his hand across my mouth to stop me screaming and I could feel the pressure of him trying to force it.”

Summing up, prosecutor Mr Wilson said Baker was a “dishonest man” and reminded the jury of the defendants numerous previous convictions – many relating to sexual offences involving children.

Describing the effect of the defendant’s actions he said: “It is rape because of her age.

“She neither had the maturity or understanding to properly consent.

“She was groomed.”

Mr Wilson referred to police interviews with one of the victims who described how as a result of his actions she now “hated men” and “hated sex.”

Defending Baker Timothy Evans repeated the fact that his client was ‘a boy’ at the time of the offences and emphasized how the historic nature of the offences, which occurred nearly ‘half a century ago,’ may have resulted in witness memory loss regarding the facts.

“The defendant was a small boy, he was sent away from the age of nine,” Mr Evans told the jury, to emphasize that while at boarding school Baker would have been unlikely to have been able to commit the offences.

“The opportunity to have access [to his victims] just wasn’t there,” he added.

But summing up, Recorder Peter Rouch QC said: “[the defendant] said he had sex with underage girls and that he knew that was not normal.

“He knew he had an interest in young girls and in his early teens had a sexual interest with underage girls.”

“You will have a very substantial prison sentence for these matters,” he told Baker.

Baker was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on July 17.