Northern Ireland

Mentally disabled woman: Couple for trial on sex abuse charges

Keith Baker's address was given as Maghaberry Prison
Keith Baker's address was given as Maghaberry Prison

A husband and wife accused of sexual offences against a mentally disabled woman have been committed for trial.

Keith Malcolm Baker, 58, with an address at Maghaberry Prison, faces 12 charges of rape and indecent assault on dates between 2004 and 2012.

Caroline Bernadette Baker, of Drumellan Mews, Moyraverty, is accused of indecent assault and abetting her husband to commit rape.

They will now be arraigned at Craigavon Crown Court in August.

The couple were alleged to have kept the severely mentally disabled woman prisoner in their home.

Both are also accused of false imprisonment with intent to engage in sexual activity with a person suffering from a mental disability knowing she could not consent.

A prosecuting lawyer told the preliminary inquiry at Craigavon Court on Friday there was a case to answer.

This was conceded by the defence and the Bakers will now be arraigned at Craigavon Crown Court in August.