Satanic paedophile group facing 'lengthy jail terms'
Published 10/03/2011 | 05:00
A paedophile was found guilty yesterday of leading a satanic sex cult from his home in a small town.
Colin Batley (48) of Kidwelly, west Wales, presided over a quasi-religious cult which preyed on young children and indulged in occult rites.
A jury at Swansea Crown Court found him guilty of carrying out a series of perverted sexual acts on children and adults, including rape.
Batley was the self-styled high priest of the group, which operated from a series of homes in a quiet cul-de-sac in the seaside town. He and three female cult members insisted throughout the five-week trial that no cult had ever existed.
But the jury dismissed that version of events yesterday when they found him guilty of more than two dozen acts of sexual perversion linked to his activities in the cult.
In total he was found guilty of 35 separate offences and warned by the trial judge that he faced a lengthy prison sentence.
Batley's wife, Elaine Batley (47); Jacqueline Marling (42), and Shelly Millar (35) all lived at separate addresses in Clos yr Onnen in Kidwelly. All three were found guilty of sexual and child abuse charges.
But alleged cult member Sandra Iveson (45) was cleared of a single charge of indecency with a child. Vincent Barden (70), of Kempston, Bedfordshire, who was not a cult member, was also cleared of a single charge of rape.
Batley was jointly charged with Barden in connection with the rape and was also cleared of it.But Barden had already admitted two counts of sexual assault on an under-age girl.
Both he, Batley and the other cult members will all be sentenced at Swansea Crown Court tomorrow. The jury delivered guilty verdicts for almost every offence that the group faced.
In Batley's case, this included 11 separate rapes, three indecent assaults, causing prostitution for personal gain, causing a child to have sex and inciting a child to have sex.
The jury also found him guilty of six counts of buggery and four counts of possessing indecent images of a child.
Judge Paul Thomas warned the group they all faced "lengthy jail terms".
During the trial the jury heard that cult members would dress in hooded robes during occult rituals, which usually took place before group sex.
A number of houses in the same cul-de-sac were used for the regular cult sex sessions.
Batley would read from the occult bible, 'The Book Of The Law', written more than a century ago by arch-Satanist Aleister Crowley.
He would also order cult members to have sex together and ensure that other members were present to film it.
The recorded material mentioned during the trial is believed to have been destroyed before his arrest.