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Craigavon couple accused of sex slavery named

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A Craigavon husband and wife who face sex slavery charges can now be identified following a ruling today.

Keith Baker (57) and his wife Caroline Bernadette Baker (51) from Drumellan Mews faces a litany of sex charges.

Mr Baker, who is currently in custody, faces 15 charges against two women, one of whom suffers from a severe learning disability.

He is also accused of imprisoning one woman for more than 13 years and another for almost nine years.

The charges include rape, voyeurism, false imprisonment, sexual assault, aiding and abetting rape and human trafficking for sex offences.

It is claimed one woman was held in squalid conditions and repeatedly sexually abused by Mr Baker, his wife and ‘a number unknown males’.

It is also alleged Mr Baker filmed the woman in sexual activity with these men.

Following representations by the Lurgan Mail, Judge Rosemary Watters lifted the restrictions.

The Mail had contacted the Court Service in relation to the restrictions prior to the hearing on Friday morning at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

“I am lifting reporting restrictions in the case as the court has no power to implement them in these circumstances”

Mrs Baker is charged with falsely and injuriously imprisoning the same, vulnerable woman between January 2004 and December 2012.

She is also accused of a total of eight sexual offences, which involve allegedly having carried out or encouraged sexual acts in the knowledge the victim was unable to refuse due to her learning disability.

This is the second successful case in Craigavon in which press representations were made and the reporting restrictions were lifted.

In respect of this case, Mrs Baker remains remanded on continuing bail, whilst Mr Baker remains in custody.

The case is due back in court at the end of February.

 

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