Pervert jailed for historical sex abuse at school

Colwyn Baker. Picture: PA
Colwyn Baker. Picture: PA
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A CONVICTED paedophile jailed earlier this year for 20 years, was caught with indecent images of children at his Morningside home, a court heard.

Colwyn Baker, 72, was jailed for 20 years in May for a systematic campaign of abuse against children at a school in Kent, stretching back to 1963.

Baker’s home in Craighouse Avenue was raided by police in July 2012, as part of the investigation into historical sex abuse.

Detectives seized his computer and found 18 indecent photographs of children.

Baker, who moved to Edinburgh in the mid-1990s, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to possession of the images at his home.

The prisoner did not appear for sentence at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday due to the expense of transporting him.

He is serving his sentence south of the Border, after a jury at Maidstone Crown Court found him guilty of 20 counts of sexual abuse against young boys at Swaylands School in Penhurst, Kent.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told yesterday that 12 photographs found on Baker’s computer were “on the lowest level” of the scale.

Jurors sitting on the 12-week trial at Maidstone Crown Court earlier this year heard harrowing evidence about Baker’s persistent abuse, alongside colleagues David Hennessy and Nigel Putman. All four had been childcare officers at the school, which closed in 1994.

The school they worked at catered for young boys with moderate learning difficulties, emotional and behavioural problems.

As well as the abuse committed by the trio, Baker encouraged pupils to abuse other children at the school for youngsters aged between eight and 16. His “favourites” were known as “Baker’s Boys” and over many years he “ruled by fear”.

Baker, who told his Morningside neighbours that he had moved to Edinburgh 15 years ago, following “a problem with his job,” had in fact just completed a stint in jail for abusing a young boy in Kent.

Sheriff Michael O’Grady yesterday admonished Baker – meaning he will serve no further time on the fresh charge – after being told he had not lodged an appeal against his other conviction. He acknowledged Baker, one of the most manipulative paedophiles, was likely to live the remainder of his life in jail.