One of Britain’s worst serial rapists could walk free in days.
Nightclub DJ Richard Baker got four life sentences for 13 attacks in 1999 but police believe he could have raped more than 100 women.
The judge who jailed him said he was “truly depraved” and “a formidable danger to women”.
In 2016 Baker had six years added to his stretch when he was caught downloading child abuse images on a smuggled tablet in a psychiatric unit.
The judge in that case told him he would be a “very old man” if he was ever released, saying: “You are obsessed with sex and your interest now has moved to children.
“I do not think this man has learnt a single thing during his time in prison.”
But Baker, now 56, has been granted a parole hearing and will learn in the next week if his bid is successful.
One source said: “It’s abhorrent that someone who was handed four life sentences could even be considered for release. His crimes were appalling.”
Baker grew up in Bodmin, Cornwall, where he was remembered as a good looking, intelligent charmer who spent his summers working in Spain as a DJ.
In reality he was one of the most prolific rapists police have ever known, preying on teens or women in their 20s.
Baker stalked victims, attacked them and threatened to kill them, sometimes after slipping sedative Rohypnol into their drinks.
He was first jailed for six years in 1987 for raping a 19-year-old and in 1995 he got 12 months for sex with a girl of 15.
In 1999 he was convicted at the Old Bailey of 13 charges including rape, attempted rape, indecent assault and affray over a seven-month period in London, Essex and the South East.
Five of his victims were schoolgirls and one was 14. One victim was raped three times.
Baker was caught when his brother Kevin recognised an e-fit on Crimewatch and shopped him to police.
Police believe Baker would have gone on to kill if he had not been caught then.
One officer who helped nail Baker, Det Supt David Bright, said after he was jailed: “To liken him to an animal was an insult to the animal kingdom.
“He is a monster and he is where all monsters should be, behind bars.”
Baker was originally questioned about 22 attacks but police believe the real figure could have been over 100. He once said from prison: “If I cannot be cured I never want to be released from prison.
“For 98 per cent of the time I am a normal human being.
“But for two per cent of the time I go haywire and horrific things happen.
“What I did to those poor girls was horrific. I put them through a hell they will never get over.”
In 2006 it was reported his bid to break out of high-security Wakefield jail in a helicopter was foiled after he was found with maps and charts in his cell.
Baker spent four years in high security Broadmoor Hospital then moved to Chadwick Lodge, a medium secure mental health unit in Milton Keynes, where he was caught with child abuse images.
Parole hearings are automatically ordered when an inmate becomes eligible for release. If freedom is refused he will be locked up for at least another two years.
The Parole Board said: “An oral hearing has taken place for the parole review of Richard Baker.
“Parole reviews are undertaken thoroughly and with extreme care. Protecting the public is our number one priority.”