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