Jail for 'evil' sex cult leader
Published 11/03/2011 | 03:12
An "evil" sex cult leader who preyed on children and forced women into prostitution has been jailed, with a warning that he could be behind bars for life.
Colin Batley, 48, presided over a cult which used satanic rites in perverted sex orgies which were carried out from homes in a quiet cul-de-sac in west Wales.
Batley was given an indeterminate sentence for public protection at Swansea Crown Court with a recommendation that he serves a minimum of 11 years.
Three female members of the cult were also given jail sentences.
Jacqueline Marling, 42, described as "Batley's right-hand woman", was jailed for 12 years for her part in the depraved satanic sex cult.
The estranged wife of the cult leader, Elaine Batley, 47, was jailed for eight years, while Shelly Millar, 35, described during the trial as Batley's "sex slave", was handed a five-year term.
Vincent Barden, 70, of Kempston, Bedfordshire, who was not a cult member, was jailed for three years for admitting two counts of sexual assault on an underage girl.
Batley was the self-styled high priest of the cult, which was based around a series of homes in a cul-de-sac in Kidwelly.
Judge Thomas detailed how Batley had moved from London to Wales in the 1990s and eventually based the cult in Kidwelly.
He said: "What happened thereafter has besmirched the unsuspecting town of Kidwelly. You formed a community within a community, you were described as evil. That, in my view, is an entirely accurate statement of your character."