Tears of re­lief De­fen­dant breaks down as jury clears him of mur­der Door­man with his­tory of vi­o­lence was shot in chest

Thurs­day, Mar

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

A HOME­OWNER who blasted a “bully” to death at point-blank range as he tried to break into his home has been cleared of mur­der. A jury took just one hour yes­ter­day (Wed­nes­day) to unan­i­mously ac­quit Kenneth Batch­e­lor, who wept with re­lief.

Af­ter­wards, Mr Batch­e­lor said: “I do not be­lieve this should have gone to court in the first place.”

His sob­bing wife Linda added: “It has been such an or­deal.”

The court heard that the vic­tim, 42year-old Matt Cle­ments, an Ash­ford door­man with a his­tory of vi­o­lence, was shot at point-blank range with a shot­gun af­ter he had re­peat­edly threat­ened Mr Batch­e­lor at his Chil­ham home.

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Pic­ture Mike Gun­nill

Ken­nith Batch­e­lor leav­ing Maid­stone Crown Court with his wife Linda dur­ing his mur­der trial

Vic­tim Matt Cle­ments

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