September 2017

‘Sick paedophile took away my childhood and corrupted my life – I have lived in darkness because of him’

A woman who was sexually assaulted as a girl broke down in court as she explained the trauma she had suffered still “consumed her.”

The victim – who cannot be named for legal reasons – was abused over a prolonged period of months in East Yorkshire in the early 2000s.

She bravely faced the vile paedophile, who plied her with lager and forced her to carry out sexual acts in court, and watched as he was jailed for six years.

Hull Crown Court heard Jamie Baldwin, 33, who moved to Scotland after the events to “start a new life,” had told the girl to hide her clothes after one incident.

The abuse progressed over the months that followed, as Baldwin got “exactly what he wanted.”

Speaking in court about the impact the abuse had left, the woman said: “Since the abuse it has always affected me, and on some days it consumes me.

“I suffer from severe depression and anxiety, and I wake up terrified from nightmares.

“My innocent girl sees me crying because we only have each other. My anxiety controls me, and it should not be my daughter consoling me, it should be the other way around.”

The woman, who broke down in tears in court, said the abuse had left her too afraid to visit Hull in case she encountered Baldwin.

Her ordeal has also left her finding it “hard to be intimate,” as she was “worried someone could hurt her daughter.”

“I cannot allow myself to bring someone into mine and my daughter’s life. He took away my childhood and corrupted my life.

“I have lived in darkness all these years. He has shown no remorse, and took exactly what he wanted out of the abuse.”

Proceedings held at Hull Crown Court heard the horrifying sequence of events began in the early 2000s.

Baldwin gave the girl a can of lager to drink on the first instance, before forcing her to touch him.

The paedophile progressed to being “not content” at the girl touching him, the court was told, and as the months went by began to touch her.

Recorder Elliott QC, who presided the case, described the abuse as “calculated and persistent,” and said the effect it had left on his victim was “horrendous.”

The woman bravely stood up in court and recited her victim’s impact statement.

She said: “I have not spent my life living, I have spent it existing.

“I don’t fully understand his reasoning as to why he thought what he was doing was right.

“I don’t think knowing those reasons would benefit me at all, but I hope he knows now his actions were not right, and came with consequences for both of us.”

Sentencing Baldwin, Recorder Elliott QC said: “The victim’s impact statement makes for terrible reading.

“The trauma she has been put through, and continues to go through, and the impact on her and her daughter is awful.

“I hope, while she will never forget, that will and the conclusion of this case will help to heal in some small measure.

“The very nature of these offences call for a substantial custodial sentence.”

Baldwin was guilty of four offences, including two of sexual assault with penetration on a child under the age of 13.

He was jailed for six years.

Baldwin will serve half of his sentence in prison, before being released on licence.

No sexual harm prevention order was imposed on Baldwin, due to the length of time ago the offences were committed, and the fact no other similar incidents had taken place since.

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