Crime

Sadomasochist Found Not Guilty Of Sexual Assault

| by Brendan Kelly

A sadomasochist accused of strapping a woman to a "torture board" and shocking her vagina with 240 volts has been cleared of sexual assault charges. 

Keiren Batten, 43, of Hitchin, England, told a judge and jury that he was also strapped to the board and claims that he suffered injuries more serious than those of the woman he shocked.

According to the Daily Mail, Batten claimed that the was "branded" while strapped to the board and that he was left scarred when the woman used a blowtorch on his genitals against his wishes.

Batten is accused of sending 240 volts to the 27-year-old woman's vagina with a homemade electrocution device against her will while the two had sex. 

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The jury at Cambridge Crown Court took more than eight hours to find Batten not guilty of sexually assaulting the woman during the 2014 incident.

According to The Sun, the jury was shown explicit images of Batten's genitals following the incident. 

Batten was also found not guilty of common assault for allegedly pushing the woman during an argument. The jury failed to reach a verdict on an alleged head butt, however. Prosecutors will decide whether or not to re-try Batten for the head butt within a week.

Prosecutor Simon Wilshire said that the woman was tortured by Batten, who Wilshire claims attached crocodile clips to the woman's labia as part of his electrocution device while she was strapped his homemade torture board, made of plywood, belts and pet collars.

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The prosecutor said in court that Batten was "obsessed with sadomasochistic sexual practices," adding: "He used her to satisfy his physical, dangerous sexual desires re bondage, sadism and restraint."

Batten claimed that the woman had never been strapped to the board, which he says was made specifically to his measurements because he enjoyed being in the "submissive" role. He was then asked by defense barrister Neil Fitzgibbon to lie down on the board in front of the court and strap himself in using collars, chains, and belts around his arms, legs, body, and head. The judge stepped down from his bench to examine Batten as he demonstrated. 

Batten claimed that the woman tied him to the torture board and spanked and whipped him, electrocuted his nipples and testicles, used the blowtorch on his penis, and carved her name into his leg using a knife.

The prosecutor says that the woman initially consented to Batten using his electrocution device on her when it was attached to her nipples, but when she realized how painful it was, she said that it went too far and told him that she never wanted to participate in that again. The defense barrister says that the woman later allowed Batten to attach the device to her labia after he said that he would not use electricity. She claims that he turned on the electricity anyway, however.

The woman said in court that she followed Batten's wishes after he told her that he thought she was boring in bed. Video of the woman's interview with police shows her explaining how the pair's sex session began:

It started with dressing gown cords and my arms tied to the end of the bed, like "Fifty Shades of Grey," but then it got further and further and I felt really uncomfortable but I just took it because he said I was boring. I have never done that with anyone. He didn't do it out of nastiness but it would progress. He would bring like camping rope, proper thick rope. Then he brought the board and told me what it was for. I thought he was having a laugh but no, he was pretty serious. The first few times he put me on it, it was not horrible at all. I felt brave enough to go on it. Like whipping, to give pleasure, not pain.

According to the Daily Mail, Batten had previously pleaded guilty to criminally damaging a mobile phone and taking a hammer to a wall at the complainant's home. 

Sources: Daily MailThe Sun / Photo Credit: David Gruar/Geograph

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