Rachael Baker sentenced to 10 years for manslaughter

21/05/2010

Rachael Baker, who was found guilty of manslaughter on 28 March, was sentenced to 10 years today at Bristol Crown Court.

Commenting on the sentence, Brian Pixton, Senior Crown Prosecutor said:
On behalf of the CPS, I am pleased that this protracted and difficult investigation has concluded in a successful conviction. We are grateful for the considerable efforts of the prosecution team which have helped to ensure that justice has been served. We extend our deepest sympathies to the families of the deceased.

The case has been hampered by the considerable difficulties involved in establishing the cause of death in people who are very frail and elderly and have underlying health problems. These issues were particularly relevant to the CPS decision to drop the charge against Rachel Baker for the murder of Marion Alder.

Due to thorough preparation by the police and CPS involving evidence from medical experts, we were able to explain clearly to the jury what happened and the role of the defendants.

The public interest required a prosecution because this case represents a breach of trust involving elderly and vulnerable residents.

While it is not the role of the CPS to regulate care homes, the public can be assured that where evidence of criminal activity is brought to us, we will be diligent in prosecuting.