‘Bully shot dead by ter­ri­fied man’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A BULLY with an ex­plo­sive tem­per was shot dead as he tried to break into a home fol­low­ing threats of vi­o­lence, a court heard.

Matt Cle­ments, pic­tured, had made sev­eral tele­phone threats to Kenneth Batch­e­lor be­fore turn­ing up at his house in Chil­ham in the early hours.

Maid­stone Crown Court heard Batch­e­lor, 50, stood ter­ri­fied be­hind a win­dow in the sec­ond floor at­tic he was con­vert­ing as Mr Cle­ments climbed up the scaf­fold­ing.

Cairns Nel­son, pros­e­cut­ing, said the 20-stone body builder had ripped open his shirt “in a ma­cho way” and was in­tent on threat­en­ing or in­flict­ing vi­o­lence.

Batch­e­lor, a self-em­ployed me­chanic spe­cial­is­ing in Porsche cars, blasted 42-yearold Mr Cle­ments in the chest through an open win­dow at point-blank range with a 12-bore shot­gun he legally owned.

Af­ter­wards, Batch­e­lor screamed down the phone to his fu­ture wife, who had been lis­ten­ing to the con­fronta­tion: “I have killed him.”

Mr Nel­son said Mr Cle­ments, who ran a busi­ness pro­vid­ing bounc­ers to clubs and bred dogs, had be­come fix­ated that his girl­friend was owed main­te­nance by Batch­e­lor’s brother Gary over chil­dren they had to­gether.

He started to “de­mand money with me­naces” from Kenneth Batch­e­lor and a third brother David. “This was noth­ing to do with Kenneth Batch­e­lor,” said the pros­e­cu­tor.

Mr Cle­ments, of Way­side Av­enue, St Michael’s, Ten­ter­den, started mak­ing threat­en­ing calls to Batch­e­lor on Novem­ber 17, 2007, be­fore go­ing to his home, Hen­don Cot­tages in Can­ter­bury Road, Chil­ham, at about 1am the next day.

“The de­fen­dant knew he was com­ing to his home and prob­a­bly to get him – to in­flict vi­o­lence at a time when Mr Cle­mence was vi­o­lently at­tempt­ing to pull open the win­dow,” said Mr Nel­son.

He told the jury of seven men and five women: “You will have no dif­fi­culty, we sug­gest, in com­ing to the con­clu­sion that at the point Mr Batch­e­lor shot the de­ceased he was a fright­ened man.”

Batch­e­lor de­nies mur­der and man­slaugh­ter.

The trial con­tin­ues.

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