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Ben Batterham to be tried for murder of Ricky Slater

Postby Squire » 06 Oct 2018, 15:20

Ben Batterham refused to follow a cop's orders to stop choking Ricky Slater. Now he will be tried for murder.

I suspect there is more to this incident than has so far been exposed. There was possibly some sort of relationship between Batterham and his victim Slater.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-09-12/magistrate-says-enough-evidence-for-homeowner-to-stand-trial/10238284

Magistrate says enough evidence for homeowner to stand trial for murdering intruder
ABC Newcastle By Giselle Wakatama
Posted 12 Sep 2018, 2:59pm

Benjamin Batterham had his bail revoked for drinking alcohol.
PHOTO: Benjamin Batterham walks behind his solicitor before having his bail revoked. (ABC: Giselle Wakatama)
RELATED STORY: Doctor tells court ice-addicted intruder was strangled by homeowner
A New South Wales magistrate has found there is enough evidence for a man to stand trial for murder in relation to the death of a knife-wielding burglar in 2016.

Benjamin Batterham, 35, is accused of killing Ricky Slater-Dickson over the 2016 Easter long weekend in the Newcastle suburb of Hamilton.

It was not in dispute that Mr Slater-Dickson entered his alleged murderer's Hamilton home and stole his wife's handbag.

Following the burglary, Mr Batterham chased Mr Slater-Dickson down the street and a struggle ensued.

At that point Newcastle Local Court heard the alleged assailant was repeatedly told Mr Slater-Dickson would die if he did not stop choking and restraining him.

Mr Slater-Dickson lost consciousness and died in hospital after his life support was turned off.

Magistrate says homeowner crossed the line despite burglar being armed with knives
Home intruder Ricky Slater-Dickson died in 2016 after breaking into a home.
PHOTO: Ricky Slater-Dickson, 34, died in hospital during the 2016 Easter weekend. (Supplied)
Defence barrister Winston Terracini SC argued that Mr Slater-Dickson was obese, with a pre-existing heart condition, and a lethal amount of the drug ice in his system.

And today it was revealed Mr Slater-Dickson was armed with three knives, evidence Mr Terracini said had barely been mentioned in court.

The crown argued the level of the drug was not lethal and that Mr Slater-Dickson died from strangulation.

Magistrate David Price said there was a significant amount of evidence that the accused chased the deceased to the relevant place and up until this point he did very little wrong.

But at that point the magistrate said Mr Batterham's actions breached a threshold.

"Unfortunately it is my view the accused escalated the situation from a reasonable response to an intruder being in the home, to an angry violent situation," Magistrate Price said.

"He was enraged … and wanted to exact some form of punishment and retribution on the deceased.

"There were numerous witnesses who said the accused was aggressive and swore and made threats.

"Witnesses did hear, 'let me up, let me up, let me up, I can't breathe'."

Homeowner says he never wanted intruder to die
The court was told witnesses overheard Mr Batterham saying he wanted to kill Mr Slater-Dickson.

After being committed to stand trial for murder, Mr Batterham addressed the court, maintaining he never wanted Mr Slater-Dickson to be harmed.

"I am not guilty … I never intended to cause Mr Slater-Dickson any serious harm, " Mr Batterham said.

"He broke into my house and broke into my daughter's bedroom. I began to chase him.

"I was calling for him to stop, I wanted to apprehend him and get back what was stolen.

"I admit I was angry and I hit him but I was only trying to keep him from getting away … I regret that he had died and I have to live with that and will forever."

"He was constantly struggling and fighting. He bit me on the right arm."

Family applauds magistrate's decision
The Slater-Dickson family applauded and cried when the magistrate said there was enough evidence for Mr Batterham to stand trial for murder.

They also expressed relief when the magistrate rejected calls by the defence to have the case proceed as a manslaughter trial.

The magistrate said the matter breached the threshold for that.

Outside court Ricky Slater-Dickson's mother Beryl Dickson thanked her supporters and police.

"I want justice and I am going to get it," Mrs Dickson said.

"I'm happy with the witnesses, my lawyers, my family and the support."

Mr Batterham is expected to stand trial in the Supreme Court sometime in 2019.
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Re: Ben Batterham to be tried for murder of Ricky Slater

Postby Squire » 05 Nov 2019, 10:55

The trial has commenced with a not guilty plea.

I perceive there is more to this story than has been publicly revealed. The 'mate' that was with Batterham when the 'break-in' occurred has been conspicuously silent which leads me to believe he will be a prosecution witness.

I suspect there was a drug deal going on and that Batterham was associated with murder victim Ricky Slater.

I don't believe the police would have charged Batterham with murder unless they have a substantial case.

If there is surprise news in the trial, it will expose how piss-weak the Australian media is for not discovering the truth.

https://www.smh.com.au/national/nsw/ben-batterham-pleads-not-guilty-over-newcastle-break-in-murder-trial-begins-20191104-p537bt.html
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Re: Ben Batterham to be tried for murder of Ricky Slater

Postby Squire » 05 Nov 2019, 18:19

The case proceeds tomorrow.

Ben Batterham claims to have been defending his wife and child. However, neither was at home on the night of the murder.

https://www.newcastleherald.com.au/story/6476423/witness-heard-batterham-yell-ill-kill-him/

... Mr Sharpe told the jury Mr Batterham was yelling "I'm going to kill you" as he had Slater in a choke-hold and punched him repeatedly in the head near the driveway outside his Hamilton home. ...
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Re: Ben Batterham to be tried for murder of Ricky Slater

Postby HBS Guy » 05 Nov 2019, 19:39

Very nasty case.
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Re: Ben Batterham to be tried for murder of Ricky Slater

Postby Squire » 06 Nov 2019, 00:10

It's surprising that Batterhams drinking mate hasn't yet given evidence.

Batterham was quoted as saying “Give me two minutes with him. I’ll kill the dog.” That certainly implies intent.

https://www.news.com.au/national/nsw-act/courts-law/ill-kill-the-dog-benjamin-batterham-intended-to-murder-intruder-prosecution-claims/news-story/369e0abb4063f3d317fa67561103e1b7

... An apprentice chef intended to murder a burglar who’d broken into his Newcastle home when he chased the intruder, put him in a chokehold and repeatedly punched him in the head, a court has heard.

Crown prosecutor Wayne Creasey SC says Benjamin Batterham is guilty of murdering Ricky Slater because of the “sustained nature of the assault”.

Batterham persevered with his attack on the 34-year-old despite the efforts of neighbours to get him off the burglar, who was struggling to breathe, Mr Creasey told a Newcastle Supreme Court jury on Monday.

He had a legal right to pursue Slater and restrain him but no right to attack him and “exact some sort of revenge”, the prosecutor said.

Batterham later told police who arrived to find Slater semiconscious: “Give me two minutes with him. I’ll kill the dog.” ...
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