February 2016

Torquay night porter sex attacker jailed for 12 years

A night porter has been jailed for 12 years for sexually assaulting a guest at a Torquay hotel and raping a teenage girl at his flat in 2007.

Christopher Baker, 44, of Westhill Road, Torquay, was working at the Templestowe Hotel when he attacked the woman in 2014.

Exeter Crown Court was told she had booked into the hotel after a party and was attacked in her room by Baker in the early hours of the morning.

She managed to fight him off and tell the police.

Police investigating the attack then linked Baker through DNA to the rape of a 16-year-old girl in Torbay in 2007.

Baker pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the woman at the hotel and the historic rape of the teenager.

He was given nine years for the rape and a further three years for the sexual assault.
The court was told the attack in 2007 involved Baker picking up the victim in his car, taking her back to his flat and raping her.

The girl reported the crime but at the time there was no DNA match to Baker.

The detective investigating his crimes praised the bravery of the victims in coming forward.

DC Louise Dutton, of Torquay CID said: “The victim from the sexual assault in 2014 is pleased with this result, and whilst the investigation has been a period of much stress and anxiety for her, she realises that by reporting it she has been able to get justice both for herself and another lady who was attacked back in 2007.

“The lady who was a victim of Baker in 2007 has had many difficult years whilst the offender went unidentified and feels she can finally put this behind her and move on with her life at last.

“This is a great example of why you should always come forward to police if you are a victim of a sexual assault. Not only will we do everything to help and support you, but where there is DNA obtained, we will run this against the database of unsolved national crimes.”

Baker will remain on the Sex Offenders’ Register for life.