Wendell Baker has been jailed for life
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Life for double jeopardy rapist Wendell Baker

Rapist Wendell Baker has been sentenced to life in prison, with a minimum term of 10 years and six months, after being convicted under the amended double jeopardy law.

Baker, 56, beat and raped 66-year-old Hazel Backwell before locking her in a cupboard at her home in Stratford, east London.

He was found not guilty in 1999 when a judge wrongly ruled his trial could not proceed. Changes to the law in 2005 meant he could be retried.

BBC London's Aysha Buksh reports from the Old Bailey.

  • 28 Jun 2013