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Thursday 25 December 2014

Cult leader 'had sex with girl'

Alleged cult leader 'had sex with under-age girl', court told
Alleged cult leader 'had sex with under-age girl', court told

An "evil" cult leader had sex with a schoolgirl as part of an elaborate occult initiation ceremony, a jury has heard.

The schoolgirl victim, 15, was so convinced she would be murdered by shadowy cult assassins if she said "no" that she gave in.

The girl, who cannot be named, gave evidence via video link in the trial at Swansea Crown Court, in south Wales.

She frequently sobbed and was forced to look away as she told how she was intimidated into becoming an unwilling cult member.

Once initiated, she was passed around as a sex toy, with the cult leader calling her to his service with a click of his fingers, the court heard.

Six people deny a total of 46 sex offences starting at addresses in London and eventually transferring to Kidwelly, in west Wales.

Alleged cult leader Colin Batley, 48, is accused of running a "quasi-religious" cult which preyed on young children. Cult members would don hooded robes during sex ceremonies while Batley read from an occult text called the Book of Law.

His wife Elaine Batley, 47, Sandra Iveson, 45, Jacqueline Marling, 42, and Shelly Millar, 35, all lived at separate addresses in the same Kidwelly cul-de-sac.

Batley and the four women deny 33 charges including rape, indecent assault, forcing a girl to work as a prostitute and inciting a child to have sex. He denies a further 12 charges of possessing indecent images of an under-age girl.

Vincent Barden, 70, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, has admitted assaulting an under-age girl but denies a single rape charge.

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