August 2016

Paedophile ‘threatened to set fire to girl’s house if she didn’t send naked photos’

Jamie Baker

A young schoolgirl who was forced to take sexual pictures of herself by a New Addington paedophile has had her childhood ripped away from her, says her furious mum.

After vile Jamie Baker, 23, was jailed on Wednesday, the victim’s mum told the Croydon Advertiser how he made the girl, then 10, engage in sexual activity, ordered her to send him naked pictures and video of herself, and threatened to set fire to her house and kidnap her sister if she refused.

The victim’s family, whose identity is protected by law, have been deeply impacted by Baker’s disgusting demands, with the girl, now 12, attempting at one point to take her own life during the traumatic investigation.

The mum, who has since moved out of the area, said she was “over the moon” to hear that Baker, of Kestrel Way, had been sentenced to more than 10 years in prison at the Old Bailey on Wednesday.

“He is disgusting – he has taken my daughter’s childhood away from her,” said the mum.

“He misled her. I know she knows it was wrong, but I think she was only sending them because of the threats. She went through it all on her own.

“He was impersonating one of her best friends and said if you don’t send her another picture of yourself she’s going to tell your mum and tag her on Facebook.

“I want to annihilate him – any mother would. There’s two paths I could have gone down. Me and my partner could have dealt with it or we go down the route of letting the police and courts deal with it. I’m glad we chose the right path.”

Alarm bells started ringing for the family when the girl began wetting the bed, but after numerous examinations by medics, no cause was found.

The mum thought that she was being bullied at school, causing the trauma.

However, in March last year – nearly a year after he contacted her – she received a devastating phone call from Croydon police to explain that they had discovered what had been going on.

She said: “I was walking around Primark when I got the call and I screamed and dropped down to the floor on my knees, crying my eyes out.

“It was sickening. I had to keep it from her for a week in case she deleted any evidence. It was the hardest thing I’ve had to do in my life.

“She tried to cover for him so much at first. Police officers and I said to her it’s not your fault, none of this is your fault, he’s in the wrong.

“It was the second interview [which was the worst] when me and my partner were sitting in one room and she got taken into another room with a plain-clothed police officer and we could just hear her sobbing her heart out down the corridor.

“It was heartbreaking, I could hear her crying and I couldn’t hold her.”

Baker was speaking to the girl over social media apps Whatsapp and Snapchat between May and September in 2014 and was caught the following March, when the shocking pictures and videos were found on his mobile phone by police.

“He was basically putting it to her that they could become lovers,” said the mum.

“He was blackmailing her saying ‘if you don’t send me a picture of yourself, I’m going to kidnap your little sister from school’.

“And ‘if you tell anybody or tell your mum I’ll set fire to the house while you’re asleep’.”

The mum said her daughter understandably struggled to cope with what had happened.

“My brother caught her with a school tie around her neck trying to hang herself off a bunk bed after we had found out as she said she couldn’t take it,” she said.

The brave youngster gave evidence in the week-long trial via video link, but has found the whole experience traumatic, and has not been able to attend school for months.

And, since the start of the investigation, the mum said her daughter’s behavior has been a concern for the family.

The mum said: “Now all this is over with, she was like ‘I can’t wait to go back to school in September’.

“Her honest words after he was found guilty were ‘I couldn’t give a f**k if he died’. Don’t get me wrong, my kids don’t swear but those were her words and obviously there’s nothing I could say, she’s just been through all that.

“Her attitude is bad. I do think it’ll change as she gets older. She knows right from wrong now, on social media she asks people to prove who they are before she talks to them. She’s very clued up now.

“She will have trust issues and she won’t even have her picture taken.

“She used to dress like a proper girly girl and she’s totally changed. She’s tracksuit and trainers. She won’t show the shape of her body. She went through a stage of comfort eating so she’s put on quite a bit of weight.

“But it’s one thing at a time that we will deal with now the court case is over.”

Baker was found guilty by a jury of one count of causing or inciting a female child under the age of 13 to engage in sexual activity, without penetration and three counts of possessing indecent images of a child.

He was sentenced at the Old Bailey to 10-and-a-half years in prison, put on the Sex Offenders Register for life and given a sexual harm prevention order.