OAP hurt by killer just out of prison

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Opinion -

A CON­VICTED killer who robbed an 80-year-old man of his wal­let has been jailed for three years.

Robert Baker, who is said to have “a per­son­al­ity dis­or­der with psy­chotic episodes”, pushed the pen­sioner on to a bed at his home in Ash­ford be­fore tak­ing his bank card, credit card and cash.

Baker had been in­vited back to John Kelly’s home af­ter the pair struck up con­ver­sa­tion in Ash­ford town cen­tre in May last year.

Baker had only been re­leased from prison three months ear­lier. Maid­stone Crown Court heard he was jailed for six years in 2003 – later re­duced on ap­peal to three years – af­ter be­ing found guilty of man­slaugh­ter. He was also sen­tenced to four years con­sec­u­tive for un­re­lated of­fences in­clud­ing de­cep­tion, forgery and theft.

Af­ter tak­ing Mr Kelly’s wal­let Baker used one of the cards to with­draw £250 cash. He failed in a fur­ther at­tempt to with­draw an­other £250, as well as an at­tempt to pur­chase £15 worth of goods at a petrol sta­tion.

Men­tal dis­or­der

Baker, of Homestead, Ash­ford, was later ar­rested but told po­lice he had not been to Mr Kelly’s home. He orig­i­nally pleaded not guilty to rob­bery but later ad­mit­ted the charge be­fore the case went to trial.

Peter Forbes, for Baker, said he was tak­ing med­i­ca­tion for a men­tal dis­or­der but his con­di­tion did not war­rant a sen­tence un­der the Men­tal Health Act.

He added that Baker, who shuf­fled from side to side in the dock as sen­tence was passed last Fri­day, had used lim­ited vi­o­lence on Mr Kelly. Jail­ing the 29-year-old, Judge Martin Joy said it had not been proven that Baker tar­geted Mr Kelly. How­ever, he added that those who com­mit­ted this type of of­fence on the el­derly had to be se­verely pun­ished.

“It is clear that you couldn’t re­sist temp­ta­tion and you de­cided to rob him,” added the judge. “You used some de­gree of force and as a re­sult he was left in some pain in his rib area. This was a vi­o­lent of­fence and a dis­hon­est of­fence.”

Judge Joy added that an in­de­ter­mi­nate sen­tence was not nec­es­sary as Baker does not pose a sig­nif­i­cant risk of se­ri­ous harm to the pub­lic, de­spite his pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions which also in­clude an­other rob­bery. said to have an ab­nor­mally weak “eggshell skull”. Baker, then liv­ing in Strood, had de­nied man­slaugh­ter but was con­victed by a jury. His co-de­fen­dant David Cheetham, of Gilling­ham, ad­mit­ted the same charge and was jailed for four years.

Robert Baker, who has been jailed for three years for rob­bing a pen­sioner in his home

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