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Armed sex attacker jailed for 25 years

Prison term: Kijon Baker is escorted from Supreme Court (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A 31-year-old man who broke into a woman’s home at night and subjected her to a terrifying sex attack has been jailed for 25 years.

Kijon Baker was masked and armed with a weapon when he walked into the victim’s home in November 2014 and sexually assaulted her.

On Friday, Baker was sentenced by Puisne Judge Carlisle Greaves to 25 years’ imprisonment for serious sexual assault and eight years for aggravated burglary, to run concurrently.

“A man’s home is his castle and a woman’s home is her castle,” Mr Justice Greaves said.

“She should not have to live in fear from ruthless, arrogant and soulless people like this defendant.”

Addressing Baker directly, he added: “The courts must stand firm at all times and protect our folk from predators like you.”

Justice Greaves said the victim must have endured unimaginable suffering as a result of the attack, which took place while both of her young children were sleeping in the bedroom.

Previously a jury unanimously found Baker guilty of aggravated burglary and serious sexual assault.

During a five-day trial in Supreme Court, jurors heard how Baker was arrested after DNA evidence linked him to the crime. When he was interviewed, Baker replied “no comment” to police questions, and although he denied the offences during the trial he did not take the stand to give evidence.

At last Friday’s sentencing hearing, Baker claimed he had suffered an injustice, and maintained he had done nothing wrong apart from cheat on his fiancée.

During a ten-minute speech he told the court he had found a new purpose in life inside prison and was committed to Christ.

Prosecutor Loxly Ricketts told the court the victim continued to suffer psychological issues as a result of the attack.

He also pointed out that Baker had several previous convictions for burglary.

His lawyer, Elizabeth Christopher, added: “This is a man who was at a very, very low point in his life.

“The year before he had lost his mother, his stepfather and his brother.”