A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, March 14, 2009


In November 2007, Kenneth Batchelor began recieving threatening telephone calls from a dope smoking body builder demanding money. Matthew Clements, a pub bouncer, was the culprit. Clements was well known to police. He had a history of settling disputes with violence. He had once threatened a garage manager with an Uzi submachine gun. He had become obsessed with an imagined debt owed him by the Batchelor family.

On November 18, 2007, Kenneth Batchelor's worst nightmare came true. At 1:00 AM, after informing Mr. Batchelor that he was "coming to get" him, Clements appeared on the Batchelor lawn tearing his shirt off. Mr. Batchelor watched the spectacle from his upstairs window. He armed himself with the only gun available, a shotgun. "I had the shotgun to deter him from going any further. I thought of putting a shot in the air, but I didn’t intend to aim a shot at him," Mr. Batchelor later testified.

Clements responded "I’ll get my gun out before you can raise them barrels." Clements quickly began to scale scaffolding erected outside the home to the window. Bursting through the window, Clements attacked Batchelor. A blast was fired from the shotgun, striking Clements. Clements ran a short distance and was found dead.

Kenneth Batchelor was charged with murder. This attack on a human life occured in Kent, UK. The case would go before a jury. On March 11, 2009, Kenneth Batchelor was unanimously acquitted of all charges. After the verdict, Judge Jeremy Carey declared "No one should draw any conclusions of a general kind on this case. This defendant has been acquitted of the charge of murder, each case depends upon its own merits."

I'll draw a conclusion Judge Carey. It seems the British people understand the right to self preservation far better than does the British legal system.

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Anonymous Brian Dale said...

Finally a sign that decency still exists in Britain. Perhaps it's an indication of an awakening.

Thank you for posting this, X.

4:09 PM  
Blogger Old NFO said...

Maybe, just maybe the Brits are seeing the error of their ways...

4:13 PM  
Anonymous Greg in San Antonio said...

Well at least they are still safe from gun violence over there. And apparently conclusions as well...

5:08 PM  
Blogger Wai said...

More like the British Illegal System. Everything they've done to the human rights have been illegal, or should be, anyway.

6:26 PM  
OpenID reflectoscope said...

A spark of sanity from the country where England was previously? Do I dare believe it?


6:28 PM  
Blogger Lawyer said...

Hopefully, the rest of Britain will began to draw the same conclusion as well.

6:52 PM  
Anonymous Tom Stone said...

Thank god for the acquittal.not guaranteed anywhere once you are caught up in the system no matter where you live.

11:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How the hell dose a guy run around loose [in Britain] after threatening some one with an Uzi SMG of all guns?? Where did he get an Uzi to begin with? I thought those were SUPER illegal and banned, therefore nonexistent ;-) ...

You would think Britain's HumanRights-violating laws would at least have the distant side effect of keeping dumb criminals like that off the street, but no, they only serve to restrain honest people from staying safe... how perverse, how evil. Totally one sided on behalf of criminals.

Happy ending on this one, but what kind of moron public servant would see it fit to accuse the home owner of MURDER?!?!?! Madness!!!!

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad to see him cleared, but a case like these should never even have gone to trial.


3:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am betting the home owner will face charges for having a shot gun at his home. I thought they were only allowed at an official gun club kept in a locked facility????

2:28 AM  

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