March 2018

Sick and ‘cunning’ paedophile groomed children and tried to rape them in horrific sex attacks

A “depraved” child sex offender who was no longer considered a risk to children has been jailed after admitting abusing two more children in an East Yorkshire village more than 25 years ago.

Nicholas Baille, 52, who is deaf, was told through the use of a sign-interpretor he will be jailed for a further 11 years despite being judged fit for release in 2015 when he was no longer considered a risk.

Baille was jailed indefinitely at Preston Crown Court in 2007 after receiving an indeterminate sentence for public protection for four child sex offences on a young boy.

The minimum term was set at just 21 months, but he served eight years before he was considered safe to be released.

But now, in a similarly striking case, Baille has been jailed again after admitting seven more sex offences against two children, a boy and a girl, between 1990 and 2000.

John Thackray, prosecuting, told Hull Crown Court Baille groomed both victims before sexually abusing them using force, and during one attack almost causing the girl to vomit.

The court heard how the children were plied with cigarettes and sweets by Baille, who also admitted attempting to rape the girl in a field near her home.

In their statements read out to court, both victims stated the abuse had had a profound effect on their lives and had caused difficulties in their relationships.

The male victim said he had struggled with a drink and drug problem, where the female told how she had felt “worthless” and suffered from depression.

Judge Jeremy Richardson QC said he did “not doubt for one moment that the abuse perpetrated by the defendant has had a seriously detrimental effect upon the psychological states” of the victims.

Judge Richardson also said he “was not prepared” to accept the conclusion of the parole board that the defendant was safe to be at large.

He said: “I do not feel this defendant poses anything other than a significant risk. The risk may be less than it was, but it is still a significant risk.

“I do not accept the proposition that he is a completely reformed individual or even near that stage.”

While sentencing him to 11 years and one year on licence, he told Baille: “I have no doubt that at that time you committed these crimes you were a depraved individual who at the same time harbored significant disadvantages due to your disability.

“That can serve to mitigate the sentence to some extent, but you must, notwithstanding that important feature, be punished for the serious crimes you committed against young children.”