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Baby P’s stepfather who was jailed for causing toddler’s death is denied parole

Baby P’s stepfather who was jailed for 12 years for causing the toddler’s death and raping a two-year-old girl has been denied parole for ‘refusing to confront his crimes’.

Steven Barker, 44, was jailed in 2009 for a minimum of 32 years for torturing 17-month-old Peter Connelly to death with his crack cocaine-addicted brother Jason Owen, 37, at their home in Tottenham, north London, and raping a two-year-old girl. 

Peter’s mother, Tracey Connelly, 39, was also jailed for watching porn in a drunken haze as her 17-month-old baby Peter was tortured to death in 2007. 

Steven Barker (pictured), 44, was jailed in 2009 for a minimum of 32 years for torturing 17-month-old Peter Connelly to death with his crack cocaine-addicted brother Jason Owen, 37, at their home in Tottenham, north London, and raping a two-year-old girl

Barker, a neo-Nazi who taught one of his children to greet him with a Nazi salute, had been hoping to leave prison or move to an open jail this year.

But a Parole Board panel has decided his must remain in a high-security prison, according to The Sun.  

Psychiatrists and officials told the board that the paedophilic torturer had refused to engage in treatment programmes to confront his violence and sexual offences.   

A list of his risk factors included his ‘capacity to become sexually aroused towards very young children’ and ‘not being able to control extreme emotions’. 

A Parole Board spokesman told The Sun: ‘Protecting the public is our number one priority.’ 

Pictured: Peter Connelly, also known as Baby P

Pictured: Peter Connelly, also known as Baby P

Mother Connelly admitted the offence and was jailed for a minimum of five years and freed on licence in 2013 but was later recalled to prison in 2015 after she was caught sending indecent images of herself to perverts obsessed with her notoriety. 

The Parole Board considered her case for a third time in November 2019, following previous reviews in 2015 and 2017, and refused to either release her or move her to an open prison.  

Peter had suffered more than 50 injuries – despite being on the at-risk register and receiving 60 visits from social workers, police and health professionals over eight months.  

Haringey Council’s failure to investigate his mother’s tissue of lies meant Peter and eight other children were left with her inside the squalid north London home.

Peter's mother, Tracey Connelly (pictured), 39, was also jailed for watching porn in a drunken haze as her 17-month-old baby Peter was tortured to death in 2007

Peter’s mother, Tracey Connelly (pictured), 39, was also jailed for watching porn in a drunken haze as her 17-month-old baby Peter was tortured to death in 2007

Peter and his three sisters were sharing the four-bedroom house with their mother, her boyfriend Barker, his paedophile brother Owen and his four children, plus Owen’s 15-year-old girlfriend.

Three of the children – Peter and two of his siblings – were on Haringey’s Child Protection Register because of fears they were being neglected by their mother.

Social workers, health visitors and doctors saw the family 60 times before 17-month-old Peter died from his horrific injuries, which included a snapped spine and eight broken ribs.

Owen (pictured), who changed his name after a family row, has a string of convictions for burglaries, arson and assault, and was accused of raping an 11-year-old when he was 13

Owen (pictured), who changed his name after a family row, has a string of convictions for burglaries, arson and assault, and was accused of raping an 11-year-old when he was 13 

But shockingly none of these professionals realised that two men were living in the house, despite a family support official meeting 6ft 4in Barker during a home visit.

A basic check into their backgrounds would have revealed that Barker had been prosecuted by the RSPCA for abusing animals, and that he and his brother were investigated for torturing their own grandmother.

Owen, who changed his name after a family row, has a string of convictions for burglaries, arson and assault, and was accused of raping an 11-year-old when he was 13.  


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