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First images of depraved woman who kept disabled sex slave

Caroline Baker (Pacemaker)
Caroline Baker (Pacemaker)

A court in Northern Ireland has lifted restrictions surrounding Caroline Baker, who along with her husband Keith pleaded guilty last October to keeping a mentally disabled woman imprisoned as a sex slave in their home.

Keith (61) and Caroline (54) plead guilty to the repeated rape and sexual abuse of their victim over eight years.

On Tuesday Keith Baker was sentenced to 20 years, 15 of which he must serve in jail. His wife was sentenced to three years, with 18 months to be spent in behind bars.

A judge had previously blocked the publication of any images of Caroline Baker, but this ruling has since been overturned.

While Keith was in Maghaberry Prison on remand, Caroline was granted bail and previously couldn’t be pictured due to the threat of attacks.

The Sunday World previously revealed that Caroline was employed as a care worker in a home in Northern Ireland that specialises in mental health residents right up until she was arrested.

The Sunday World knows the care home in question but will not identify it.

However, it's understood that the PSNI has conducted a thorough investigation into potential abuse at the home.

Keith and Caroline kept their victim in squalid conditions at their home in Craigavon, Co Armagh, forcing her to use a toilet overflowing with human waste, and preventing her from leaving her tiny room by removing the door handle on the inside.

Twisted rapist Keith filmed dozens of unknown men raping his victim and then 'rewarded' her with boxes of chocolates and sweets if she had been "good".

"She told police she did what Baker told her because she was terrified of him, but also because he gave her sweets," said a source.

"She even said her favourite was the purple one from Quality Street and she would get that if she had been particularly good. Medical tests showed she only had one 'sound' tooth and that is why."

Keith and Caroline ran the Craigavon 'house of horrors' in Craigavon, Co Armagh, for over 10 years,

It's understood that Baker met his victim in Britain and either invited or persuaded her to come to Northern Ireland.

The English woman had never been to the North before so when her husband reported her missing in 2004, it seemed she had vanished without trace. The victim lacked the mental capacity to escape her sex-den prison.

Last year, Keith Baker plead guilty to 11 charges and his wife Caroline to seven.

The Bakers confessed to the three charges they jointly faced, two of engaging in sexual activity with a mentally disabled person and one of inciting such a person to engage in sexual activity knowing that she had such a disorder and "knowing that because of it she was unlikely to refuse".

Keith Baker admitted a further six counts of rape of the same woman and a final count of indecently assaulting the woman.

Caroline Baker pleaded guilty to three offences of "aiding and abetting, counselling and procuring" her husband to rape their victim and a single count of indecent assault, with all of the offences against the couple occurring on dates between March 15, 2004 and December 20, 2012.

The whistleblower who exposed the depraved duo by informing the authorities that a woman was being held hostage at the Bakers' home spoke to the BBC last week about her traumatic experiences with the couple.

Mandy Highfield lived for years with the Keith as a de facto second wife, along with Caroline and the woman he kept captive.

Ms Highfield waived her right to anonymity to reveal the truth and said that she had no idea until after reporting Baker's crimes to the authorities that his wife was involved.

The court heard that Mrs Baker and Ms Highfield had given birth to four children to Keith Baker and that in the two adjoining semi-detached houses "men lived in one half and the women in the other".

Video recordings and still images showing the victim engaged in sexual activity with Mr Baker, his wife and the woman who alerted the authorities were found on computers, cameras and storage devices seized by police.

During police questioning, Keith Baker initially claimed he had no idea what went on in that half of the house and that he had "rescued" his victim her from an "abusive relationship in England".

He told police they were in a "consensual" sexual relationship and that his victim was the instigator of any sexual trysts.

Caroline Baker also admitted sexual activity but, like her husband, claimed it had been consensual and that the victim had been the instigator. She also claimed she suffered from "battered wife syndrome", after being physically and emotionally abused by her husband for years.