Kidnap and assault charges dropped against father
A WELL-known Ashford wrestler was found dead at his home – soon after charges that he lured a man to a field and held a gun to his head were dropped.
Maidstone Crown Court heard how the terrified man went to the deserted field with Andre Baker and his son Daniel.
John Kellam wept and begged for his life before Andre Baker produced a Taser stun gun and sent an electric shock through his shoulder.
Louis French, prosecuting, said Mr Kellam was also struck over the head with a gun, which was then fired into a tree in the field off the A20 near Hythe.
Andre Baker, 45, faced charges of kidnap, assault causing actual bodily harm, possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear of violence and possessing a prohibited weapon.
But the Crown Prosecution Service dropped the case against him after it was decided the victim could no longer be regarded as a viable witness.
His 18-year-old son Daniel admitted kidnap and was given 12 months youth custody suspended for two years after a judge heard he was determined to break away from his controlling and bullying father.
Maidstone Crown Court heard the background about Daniel Baker’s previous relationship with Mr Kellam’s niece.
They split up after having a child and there was acrimony between them and comments made about the Baker family.
Mr French said Mr Kellam received a text message from Andre Baker on September 4 last year offering him work and arranging to pick him up .
The father and son, both of Providence Street, Ashford, drove him to the field.
“Mr Kellam was told to get on his knees,” said the prosecutor. “Then started frightening tactics.
“Andre Baker put what was thought to be a gun to his right ear. He was told: ‘This is a warning.’ Baker was asked why he had done it.
“He replied: ‘So you can hear it go off’, suggesting there might be a bang and he would be shot.”
Mr French said the Taser was used and Mr Kellam was struck with the gun. Andre Baker warned: “Don’t tell anyone or it will be on your doorstep next time.”
The victim was taken home and he did not report the matter for about four weeks.