Ilford woman who harboured jailbird brother after daring escape avoids prison

PUBLISHED: 16:50 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:56 03 July 2017

Matthew Baker escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police

Matthew Baker escaped from Pentonville Prison. Picture: Met Police


A 22-year-old woman who helped hide her brother from the police after he made a daring jailbreak has avoided a prison sentence.

Kelly Baker, of Ilford, was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment suspended for 18 months by Judge Jane Sullivan at Blackfriars Crown Court today.

On June 15 she had admitted harbouring an escaped prisoner after her brother was found by police officers under her bed two days after his escape in November last year.

She will also be required to perform 100 hours of unpaid work in her community and was ordered to pay £390 in fines and court costs.

Kelly’s brother, Matthew Baker, 29, went on the run in November last year after breaking out of HMP Pentonville alongside his cell mate, prolific burglar James Whitlock, 32.

He had been jailed in March 2015 for the attempted murder of a man who was savagely attacked with a glass and knife.

Within 48 hours police officers found him hiding under a bed at his sister’s home in Ilford with dyed hair.

He had suffered a fractured leg from falling over a low wall during the break out.

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