‘MAD MATT’ KILLING We’ve been shat­tered by or­deal

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non and Sarah Mar­shall

IT IS busi­ness as usual at the Chil­ham Sports Garage as the owner re­builds his life af­ter be­ing cleared of mur­der­ing “bully” Matthew Cle­ments.

Kenneth Batch­e­lor, known by fam­ily and friends as Koo, was ac­quit­ted last week.

He had ad­mit­ted shoot­ing the 20-stone body­builder – known as Mad Matt – who had climbed up scaf­fold­ing, ripped open his shirt and threat­ened Mr Batch­e­lor.

Mr Batch­e­lor de­clined our re­quest for an in­ter­view say­ing he wants to put the or­deal be­hind him.

Mean­while, his aunt has re­vealed that Mr Batch­e­lor had suf­fered the an­guish of at­tend­ing his younger brother’s fu­neral just two days be­fore the Chil­ham shoot­ing.

Gary Batch­e­lor died aged 47 af­ter a short ill­ness and his body was taken by mo­tor­cy­cle side­car to be cre­mated on the Fri­day be­fore the shoot­ing on Sun­day, Novem­ber 18, 2007. Mad Matt had be­come so fix­ated that his girl­friend was owed main­te­nance for chil­dren she had with Gary Batch­e­lor that he even turned up on the day of the fu­neral to de­mand money from the fam­ily.

Kenneth’s aunt, Eileen Bat­ley, 82, of Park Farm, told the Ken­tish Ex­press: “The case has been an or­deal for all of us and Kenneth is so soft. When it hap­pened we couldn’t be­lieve it.

“Kenneth has been shat­tered and is in a ter­ri­ble state.”

Kenneth Batch­e­lor had two broth­ers, the el­dest be­ing David. His fa­ther is Kenneth se­nior, who had a build­ing busi­ness in Sn­od­land.

His mother, Hazel, who was Mrs Bat­ley’s sis­ter, died in 2002, aged 66.

Mrs Bat­ley be­lieves Kenneth and Matt Cle­ments orig­i­nally met through a com­mon in­ter­est in dogs.

She said: “I never met Cle­ments and I’m glad I didn’t. Other mem­bers of our fam­ily were ter­ri­fied of him.

“Kenneth couldn’t be more dif­fer­ent to him. He is so gen­tle and a lovely lad.”

The scene along the A28 in Chil­ham af­ter the shoot­ing

Door­man Matt Cle­ments, known lo­cally as Mad Matt and Big­foot

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