Jealous ex given more prison time after death of 'sweet' mum 13 years after brutal attack

Trevor Baker
-Credit: (Image: Met Police)

A man who admitted killing a "sweet" woman who died more than a decade after he brutally attacked her has been sent to prison. Trevor Baker, 53, was sentenced to serve at least 20 years in prison for Carolyn Kemp's murder.

This will be less the time served since his sentencing for attempted murder in 2010, meaning that Baker will serve a further five years and eight months in prison. Baker, currently of HMP Warren Hill, has been serving a sentence for the attempted murder of Carolyn Kemp.

He entered a guilty plea to murder after she died from her injuries nearly 13 years after the initial attack. Carolyn Kemp was 34 when she was attacked by Baker at his address on Walmer Close in Romford on November 25, 2009.

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Carolyn had left Baker six months before when their relationship deteriorated but Baker, enraged and unable to accept the relationship was over, launched a ferocious attack that left Carolyn a quadriplegic with an irreparable brain injury.

He subsequently pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 16 years' imprisonment, to serve a minimum of eight years. Sadly, Carolyn died from aspiration pneumonia on September 24, 2022.

A forensic post-mortem examination was conducted at Queens Hospital in Romford two days later. Specialist pathologists concluded that if Carolyn had not suffered the traumatic brain injuries in 2009, she would have survived the aspiration pneumonia - this being the causal link between the injuries inflicted by Baker and Carolyn’s death.

Baker was charged with murder on December 5 2023. He appeared at the Old Bailey on March 22 to enter a guilty plea.

Carolyn Kemp
Carolyn Kemp -Credit:Met Police

Caroyln's mother, speaking on behalf of the family, said Carolyn was "the sweetest little girl any mother could have" and that she "always had a smile on her face". Carolyn, a mum to two children, was said to have loved being a mum but "that opportunity to love and nurture them was taken away from her and from her children".

Carolyn's mum said: "As her mother and their grandmother it is difficult to find adequate words to truly describe the loss we felt as a family when she was brutally attacked all those years ago and continued to feel over the years and since, before losing her for what felt like a second time when she sadly passed away.

"We as a family will never get over what happened to Carolyn. She never deserved to go through such an awful ordeal which consequently spanned a further almost 13 years of pain and suffering before her death."

They added: "Trevor Baker, will never know how much he put my family through. His actions ruined the lives of two innocent children for evermore. Following today’s sentencing he will serve a further five years and eight months in prison. It will never be enough.

"Despite the years that have passed we still believe that Trevor Baker is a violent individual and a continued danger to women. I hope that with this conviction and sentence it serves to protect other women in the future."

Detective Chief Inspector Kelly Allen, of the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, said: "Carolyn suffered extreme violence at the hands of Trevor Baker - violence that ultimately resulted in her death following more than a decade of suffering. It is right that he be held accountable for the devastation his actions caused, not only to Carolyn, but to her family and friends who loved her.

"I am pleased that due to the guilty plea, Carolyn’s loved ones will now be spared the further distress of going through a trial and reliving the details of what was a horrific attack. My thoughts are with them."

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