Sister of Pentonville escapee Matthew Baker accused of hiding him in Ilford home
PUBLISHED: 10:59 11 November 2016 | UPDATED: 15:35 11 November 2016
The sister of Matthew Baker is accused of keeping him hidden and buying him hair dye to change his appearance after he broke out of Pentonville prison.
Kelly Baker, 21, was arrested at her home in Friars Close, in Ilford, on Wednesday night after Matthew Baker, 28, who broke his leg during the escape, was found hiding under a bed in the house.
Matthew Baker, who was awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of stabbing a man in Dagenham 25 times following a dispute, had spent three days on the run.
Police launched a manhunt after Baker and his fellow inmate James Whitlock, 31, scaled the walls of the prison in Caledonian Road, Islington, on Monday morning.
The pair reportedly used diamond-tipped cutters to break through cell bars and stuffed their beds with pillows in the shape of bodies to fool prison staff.
Kelly Baker allegedly bought black dye, which her brother used to disguise his ginger hair.
She appeared in custody at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court today charged with assisting an offender and harbouring a prisoner between November 6 and 10.
District judge Jill Allison bailed her to appear at Blackfriars Crown Court on December 9.
She must report to Ilford police station three times a week and was banned from contacting Matthew Baker.
A 33-year-old man who was also arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender has been released on bail
Baker, who was found guilty of attempted murder in October after stabbing a man, was due to appear at Snaresbrook Crown Court for sentencing today.
This has now been adjourned until December 16.
Whitlock, who was on remand having been charged with conspiracy to burgle, is still at large.
He is described as a white man of slim build and has the word ‘Tracy’ tattooed on his torso.
It is not known what clothing he had on when he escaped from the prison.
The public are advised to not approach Whitlock but call 999 if they see him.
Alternatively, to remain anonymous, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
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