Skooter reporting 06/22/12
Catrina Jeffrey was sent to live with her aunt and uncle Elaine and Colin Batley when she was only a schoolgirl. She thought she had eventually found the loving family that she had always dreamt for. She thought her horrendous childhood had come to an end. But it was just the beginning of her nightmare.
It makes her quiver every time Catrina sees someone wearing a crucifix around their neck. For her the motif is not a religious sign or fashion ornament. It reminded the 36-year-old mum-of-three of the abuses she suffered at the hands of an evil cult leader.
Prior to her staying with her uncle, Batley was a monster, rapist and sexually abused children as young as six. Uncle Colin was a leader of a satanic cult, and as one, he would regularly invite men over to his house to have sex with Catrina and warned her he would kill her if she tells anyone about it.
Catrina said she was an innocent schoolgirl and that man stole her life. Her Uncle Colin raped and abused her in inconceivably horrific ways, using her as a sex toy for his cult members. She was trapped and there was no escape.
Catrina was forced to have sex with up to 12 men a month when she was between the ages of 15 and 23. She had three children as a result of a forced “cult” marriage and she didn’t know who the father of her eldest child is.
She was able to escape the cult at the age of 24, and bravely testified against her uncle in court.
When she was just two years old her stepfather, Vincent Barden, began sexually abusing her. That was how her nightmare started. It went on until she was 12, but Catrina didn’t tell her mum because she was too scared.
For his crimes, Batley was convicted of 35 sex offences against minors and adult, including rape, buggery, sexual assault and prostitution, and was jailed for 22 years last year, but until now Catrina cannot forget what her uncle put her through.
“Sometimes little things remind me of him and all of a sudden I am transported back to that awful time in my life,” she says. “It never really goes away.”
Catrina’s aunt Elaine, 47, was found guilty of five counts, including sexual activity and indecency towards minors and was sentenced to eight years in jail.
Judge Thomas told evil Batley: “You took cruel delight in initiating children into sex but their lives have been blighted forever.”
Catrina also told the police what her stepfather, Vincent Barden, 70, had done to her.
Barden acknowledged two counts of indecent assault and was sentenced three years in jail.
Catrina after the verdict have been handed down said that for the first time ever she felt liberated and that she was so glad those evil people are in jail for what they did to her.
“Now it is time for me to start living my life and to stop being afraid,” she said.
*NAMES HAVE BEEN CHANGED TO PROTECT IDENTITIES