December 2019

Sadistic care worker filmed himself abusing victim

A SADISTIC care worker sexually and physically abused a helpless, disabled victim more than 500 times and filmed himself doing it.

Stuart Barrett, who also downloaded two million indecent images of children, was caught when police raided his home and found 506 videos of him taunting, humiliating and assaulting his victim.

At Minshull Street Crown Court Judge Tina Landale described 35-year-old Barrett  as “every family’s nightmare” as she sentenced him to 14 years in prison with a further four years on licence.

Barrett had been employed by Bury Independent Living Development to help look after a 49-year-old man who has profound physical and mental disabilities, is registered blind and is unable to communicate.

But rather than caring for his victim, for three years from 2008 he repeatedly abused him, both sexually and physically.

Barrett, of Lark Hill, Farnworth, would slap, punch, kick and bite the man, sexually assaulted him and, on one occasion, attempted to orally rape him.

“You abused your position of trust to taunt, humiliate, physically and sexually abuse him, believing you could get away with it,” the judge told Barrett.

“So confident were you of this, you filmed yourself abusing him in 506 films. Your conduct can only be described as sadistic.”

The court heard that, as well as downloading vast quantities of indecent images of children, Barrett covertly filmed nine young girls, aged between four and eight, focusing on their knickers as they climbed fences or on telecoms boxes.