Man sentenced for murder of 'wonderful young mother' 13 years after he attacked her for leaving him

Trevor Baker's 2009 mugshot
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A man who killed a “wonderful young mother” after she left him 13 years ago has been sentenced. Trevor Baker, 53, who's serving his sentence at HMP Warren Hill, appeared at the Old Bailey yesterday (Friday, May 31) where he was hit with a minimum of 20 years behind bars 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 another five years and eight months in prison. Carolyn Kemp was 34 at the time, when Baker left her paralysed from the waist down and with a severe brain injury, after attacking her at his home on Walmer Close, Romford, on November 25, 2009.

Baker, who was in prison for Carolyn's attempted murder, pleaded guilty to murder yesterday after she died from her injuries nearly 13 years after the attack. Carolyn had left Baker six months before the attack.

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Carolyn Baker
Carolyn Kemp was maimed by Trevor Baker, with the injuries ultimately contributing to her death -Credit:Met Police

Baker didn't take it well and attacked Carolyn. At the time he pleaded guilty to attempted murder and was sentenced to 16 years in prison, to serve a minimum of eight years.

Sadly Carolyn died in September 2022 from aspiration pneumonia, with a post-mortem finding that, had she not had the brain injuries, she would have survived.

Specialist pathologists concluded that if Carolyn had not suffered the horrific brain injuries in 2009, she would have survived aspiration pneumonia. Baker was charged with murder on December 5 2023. He appeared at the Old Bailey on Friday, 22 March where he entered a guilty plea.

‘Carolyn was the sweetest little girl’

Speaking on behalf of the family, Carolyn's mother said: "My beautiful daughter Carolyn was the sweetest little girl any mother could have. Growing up she always had a smile on her face, which made you smile and all those around her.

"Following the births of her two children she blossomed into a wonderful young mother. There was nothing she would not do for them, she loved being their mum so very much. That opportunity to love and nurture them was taken away from her and from her children.

"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."

She continued: “We wish to acknowledge the swift action of the medical officer at Queens hospital who immediately alerted police to Carolyn’s death and concerns he believed there was a causal link between the assault on her in 2009 and her death. This enabled the Metropolitan Police to commence an investigation which has led to his conviction.

"We cannot thank the team enough for all that they have done in getting justice for Carolyn. We would also like to extend a special thank you to our Family Liaison Officer Detective Constable Saggers - without her support we could not have got through this.

"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."

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