1. Couple jailed for keeping intellectually disabled woman as a ‘sex slave’ for eight years.
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Care worker Keith Baker, 61, has been jailed for 15 years for keeping a mentally disabled woman captive in a tiny room for eight years in a filthy house in Northern Ireland, AAP reports.
The victim was kept in a room with no light bulbs, carpet or curtains and was ‘rewarded’ with Quality Street chocolates after having ‘depraved’ sex with Keith and other unknown men.
“She told police she did what Baker told her because she was terrified of him but also because he gave her sweets,” a source told The Sun.
The room where she was kept had no handle on the inside, and her toilet was reported to be “overflowing with human excrement”.
When police found the woman – whose learning difficulties were so severe her IQ placed her in the lowest 0.3 per cent of the population – in 2012, she was so emaciated she weighed only 38 kilograms and had one tooth left.
Her husband had reported her missing in 2004 after she “vanished without a trace”.
Neighbours had no idea the woman was being held captive next door, but have said there were always “strange men” coming and going from the Bakers’ house.
Baker filmed many of his attacks for his own sexual gratification and also held sway over his wife and another partner through his willingness to resort to violence and total immorality, a judge said at Craigavon Crown Court on Tuesday.
Keith’s wife, 54-year-old Caroline, was sentenced to three years in prison, but will be released after 18 months behind bars.