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JUSTICE IS DONE; Verdict of the brother who shopped DJ rapist as he gets four life sentences.

RAPIST DJ Richard Baker wept yesterday as he was given four life sentences by a judge who branded him "depraved and wicked."

As he was led to the cells at the Old Bailey, his brother Kevin said: "Justice has been done."

Kevin ended 34-year-old Baker's rampage by shopping him to police after an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch.

The judge, Recorder David Stokes, praised him for "putting the public's interest before his family's".

Kevin, who was also in tears as his brother was sentenced, caused a bitter rift with his father, John, when he turned in his brother.

Baker is believed to have raped at least 100 times.

He preyed on 12 lone women in seven months in London and southern England and is suspected of attacking dozens of young holidaymakers in Spain using the date-rape drug Rohypnol.

Many of his victims, who call themselves The Baker Club, were in the public gallery at the Old Bailey to see him jailed.

A 26-year-old who suffered a 90-minute rape ordeal said she was not fooled by Baker's tears.

"I take them with a pinch of salt," she said. "I'm not sure they were real. He can be very plausible."

A 16-year-old raped by Baker in north London said: "I don't want him ever to be back on the streets. It wouldn't be safe for women.

"He has wrecked my life - I have lost all my confidence."

Baker, from Bodmin, Cornwall, was convicted last month of three rapes, one attempted rape and a string of other offences.

The judge told him he was a "practised and plausible liar" and added: "Your conduct was appalling."

He said Baker had written to him from prison admitting he had lied during the case and that the victims had told the truth. But he said he believed Baker either could not care less what happened to his victims or had been unable to understand the effects his actions had on them.

The judge went on: "You treated women with complete contempt.

"You are not mentally ill but you are in my opinion a truly depraved and wicked man who is a danger to women for the foreseeable future.

"I consider the circumstances of these attacks and indecent assaults are exceptional as to the number, period over which they were carried out and the sheer nastiness of them.

"I have the public to think about."

Baker was given four life sentences for the three rapes and attempted rape.

He received a total of 49 years for the other attacks which will run alongside the life sentences.

The judge said he must serve 12 years and five months before even being considered for parole.

His 26-year-old victim said outside court: "Twelve years is not a lot compared to life. I'm sorry it wasn't longer."

Kevin Baker, 36, who served time for helping his brother rape a 19-year-old in Devon in 1986, said: "I just want to get on with my own life now and get back some sort of normality.

"I lost my business and everything else and I'm now going to pick up the pieces of my life."

Baker, who had a previous rape conviction, quit Britain to work as a nightclub DJ on Spain's Costa del Sol two years ago. He often returned to England to look for TV work and began his campaign of sex attacks inMay last year.

After the assaults, he told the girls sob stories and threatened to kill them if they told police.

Detective Superintendent David Bright said last night that police were following up complaints by several dozen other women since his conviction.

He paid tribute to the victims who gave evidence at Baker's trial, describing them as heroines.

Several girls have rung a hotline set up to help Baker's victims. The number is 0800 389 2873.

At his home in north west Cornwall, the rapist's father John Baker refused to comment on the sentences.
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Author:Rock, Lucy
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 19, 1999
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