Paul Bayliss was jailed at Warwick Crown Court for 14 years after being found guilty of five assaults on a minor and four rapes
A former bodybuilder turned clairvoyant who provided readings to young believers in the back of his car has been jailed for 14 years – for sexually abusing a child.
And now Paul Bayliss’ victim has broken his silence over the years of torment he endured at the hands of the sick spiritualist.
Counselling has failed to erase dark thoughts of revenge, the 26-year-old, who was preyed on by Bayliss as a young teenager, admitted.
“The only spirits he saw were in a bottle,” he said.
“I spent years thinking about killing him and, yes, I wish he was dead. I wanted to kill him myself.
“I hope that what he did to me is done to him in prison. He robbed me of my childhood, no doubt.
“Half of the stuff I’ve managed to get rid of, but there’s always going to be something there.
“It’s something that sticks with you, and still burns.”
At Warwick Crown Court, Midlands, last month, 56-year-old Bayliss was found guilty of five assaults on a minor and four rapes.
As well as the long jail stretch, the building company boss from Hednesford, Staffordshire, will be placed on the sex offenders’ register for life.
Father-of-three Bayliss, who always maintained that a chronic back injury left him a sexual invalid, originally stood trial at Stafford Crown Court in March, but the jury failed to reach a decision.
At the Leamington Spa retrial last month, the jury deliberated for two days before finding Bayliss, who gave his name as Paul Bayliss-Sambrook in memory of his dead mother, guilty.
His victim, who has a child of his own, gave evidence in both court cases, but was shielded from coming face-to-face with his abuser.
“When I heard the verdict, I was over the moon, well and truly over the moon,” he said. “I had the biggest grin on my face. I was dreading the phone call saying he had been found not guilty.
“But he’ll never admit what he’s done. Who’s going to admit to being a paedophile?”
The victim was abused by Bayliss from the age of 13 until 16, initially trapped by the twisted medium’s pleas to rub his back.
“I’d try to push him off, but he was too strong. I was just a boy. He’d always warn me not to tell anyone.”
“I used to be a happy, chatty kid and ended up as someone with no confidence at all,” said Bayliss’ victim.
“The only time I was happy was when I was riding my bike.”
The constant abuse spawned anger management issues and the teenager was expelled from school for attacking a fellow pupil.
From there, he descended into cocaine and cannabis use and petty crime.
His young life has been studded with suicide attempts.
On one occasion, he claims, Bayliss even offered to help him end it all.
“I’d had enough and just wanted to die. Bayliss told me, ‘If you want to do it, do it right’. He put a rope round my neck and attached it to a gable. Afterwards I had the marks around my neck.”
The motor industry worker, from Lichfield, confessed: “I still think about sticking him in the back of a van and super-gluing him to a chair, ripping out his nails and teeth. Gouging out his eyes, cutting off his fingers.
“That is how much I hate the man.”
Since the age of 16, the victim, whose identity we are forbidden by law from revealing, has seen his tormentor only twice, the first time while driving.
“Everything went through my head. In the blink of an eye, I went from 40 mph to 140 mph,” he admitted.
“The second time I was walking through Lichfield town centre – and there he was.”
Haunted by his horrific childhood, the young man finally plucked up the courage to speak to the police two years ago.
The Staffordshire force, he maintains, have been brilliant, and he singled out Detective Constable John Wincott for praise.
The court cases have brought no closure, however.
“He’ll be out in seven years and that is nowhere near long enough,” he said. “I keep on wondering if there are more victims out there.
“I remember him as smug, and he was smug in court. To him, money was everything.
“Fourteen years seems like a long time, but he’s given me a lifetime of pain and anger.
“That sentence won’t come to an end.”