May 2010

Winchester man sent to prison for 14 years

A WINCHESTER man has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for “terrorising” three females

For almost two decades, Andrew Batchelor subjected his terrified victims to violent attacks leaving them fearing for their lives.

On one occasion the unemployed 47-year-old threatened to cut open one woman with a knife, a court heard.

Batchelor, of Thurmond Road, Stanmore, attacked the females, who cannot be named for legal reasons, between 1989 and 2008.

A jury at Winchester Crown Court found him guilty of six offences against the females following a three-week trial.

One of the victims was aged between 8 and 10 years old at the time of the attacks

Sentencing him, Judge Keith Cutler described Batchelor as having a “dark” and “aggressive” side to his character.

He said: “We have heard from many witnesses that for much of the time in question you were a charming man.

“But this trial has also shown that there is a second side to your character of a violent, controlling man and a bully.”

Batchelor was found guilty of two assaults causing actual bodily harm (12 months each concurrent); rape (nine years); sexual assault on a woman by penetration (five years); and two threats to kill (three years each concurrent).

Following his release he will remain on the Sexual Offenders Register for life.