OAP hurt by killer just out of prison
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.
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