Paul Batchelor was acquitted in two cases of alleged sexual assault and faces trial on three more charges.
Days after insurance salesman Paul Batchelor was acquitted in two rape trials, three more Ottawa women have complained to police about the accused rapist.Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Beaudoin acquitted Batchelor in two rape trials on June 21.The judge accepted the accused rapist’s evidence that he had consent in both cases — a claim that differs wildly from the stories the women, who didn’t know one another, told at trial. They detailed horrific accounts of sexual assault at a Sandy Hill apartment, just a few minutes walk from the University of Ottawa, where Batchelor studied economics.Batchelor, 34, met one woman at a pub and the other at a study room on campus in 2015.The judge said the first woman’s testimony that she was too intimidated to say no was unreliable.“Given her combative answers on the stand, her statements that she suddenly became this intimidated person, are not reliable,” Beaudoin told court.The judge found that the woman gave “long speeches on consent.”“I find that she gave long speeches on consent and gave contradictory answers to many questions. She was very assertive and it is difficult to accept her evidence, as contradictory as it was, that she felt she had no choice but to comply with his demand for oral sex.“She identified no behaviour on his part that would have resulted in a change from the pleasant man she had met in the pub and in the drive in the car to this forceful, controlling man she described once they got into his apartment.As for the alleged anal rape and “rough sex,” the judge said he found it difficult to accept the complainant’s “increasingly dramatic descriptions of the violent rape she claims to have ultimately endured when the photographic evidence and the hospital reports are reviewed.”The woman testified that she screamed, “No!” loudly and pleaded for him to stop.Beaudoin told court: “Curiously, no one seems to have heard her cries.”The judge drew from the accused rapist’s testimony, noting that his apartment was in an older building where noise from his unit could be heard by neighbours who would have been around at that time of night.The judge sided with Batchelor, saying: “It is difficult to accept that he would have continued assaulting (the woman) with his knowledge that her very loud screams could be heard.”Batchelor was also acquitted in the second rape case, this one involving a University of Ottawa student. In that case, the judge said the most significant challenge to the woman’s credibility was that her timing was off by an hour or so.Assistant Crown Attorney Sabrina Goldfarb described Batchelor as an opportunist who had been seeking his own gratification.Defence lawyer Oliver Abergel told court it was simply a case where the sexual activity started to go further than what the complainant originally intended, and, when she realized Batchelor wanted to have intercourse, she decided against it and left his apartment.In both cases, the judge said that Batchelor had consent for all of the sexual activity and noted that consent could be given through actions without speaking a single word. Both women testified they did not remain silent, but rather protested against the sex attacks they described. One woman likened it to torture.Batchelor is scheduled to go on trial for three more rape cases next year. Those cases are unrelated to the three women who came forward this week after this newspaper reported on the acquittals.They do not know one another.Batchelor is on bail awaiting his next three email@example.com://www.twitter.com/crimegardenALSO IN THE NEWS:Fire damages Al’s Steakhouse on Elgin StreetBarrhaven Canada Day organizers tout new security measures‘I felt there was no warning,’ eyewitness testifies in Montsion trial