The Sun - UK March 31, 2011
Satanic cult boss convinced me he could make tsunamis happen
By JENNA SLOAN
HOLDING her daughter tightly, Gemma Marling whispers "I love you" to three-year-old Emily.
It is something she tells the little girl several times each day.
For Gemma, 21, knows from bitter experience how important a mother's unconditional love and support is.
Gemma's evidence also helped to jail Jacqueline's depraved lover, Colin Batley - a Satanic cult leader.
Gemma said: "Now the trial is over the reality has hit me. I know I'm never going to have a mum.
"People take their parents for granted but I'd do anything to have a mum and dad."
Gemma's ordeal started at the age of eight when Jacqueline moved the family from their home in east London to Kidwelly, a town in Carmarthenshire, west Wales.
They settled into a nondescript semi in Clos Yr Onnen - Welsh for Ash Tree Close - but behind the house's bland exterior was a Satanic nightmare orchestrated by depraved Colin Batley, who lived next door.
Gemma said: "My mum knew Colin in London but I didn't meet him until we moved to Wales. One night I was in bed and my mum got me up and took me downstairs.
"Colin was sitting in the living room. There was a candle flickering and I couldn't see him properly. It was like a horror movie."
Jacqueline then performed a sex act on Batley in front of her terrified daughter. Gemma recalls: "Colin said to me, 'One day you'll start your periods and I'll have you.'
"After that I was terrified, but Colin didn't touch me again for three years, although he was constantly in and out of our house. My mum did what he said and so did we - you follow what your mum does. She's meant to look after you."
Batley was an ardent disciple of occult and Satanist writer Aleister Crowley, and styled himself a cult "lord". He built up a harem of adoring female followers who lived in the close.
They included his bisexual wife Elaine, who was jailed for eight years for her part in the abuse, Jacqueline, and prostitute Shelly Millar, who was sentenced to five years.
All were tattooed with the symbol of Egyptian god Horus and followed Batley's warped theories promoting rape and promiscuity.
When Gemma was 11 Batley initiated her into the cult.
She said: "Colin raped me for the first time. It was a sunny summer day and I'd come inside to escape the heat when he forced himself on me.
"He then visited every night for the next eight weeks, as he was decorating our house.
"He said the sex was a test. If I passed, I'd go to the palace where he lived.
"I feel a mug now for believing it but what else would I know?
"If I didn't do it I was told I'd go to hell, where I'd suffer a lifetime of pain with no sleep or respite.
"I was too scared to tell anyone what was going on. I didn't know it was happening to anyone else. I thought I was on my own."
When Gemma turned 14 her mother began to join in the sex abuse, and when she was 16 Jacqueline even filmed her having sex with a boy of 15.
Batley ruled the cult with his encyclopaedic knowledge of The Book Of The Law, a text written by his hero Crowley, and used twisted logic to keep control.
Gemma recalled: "Colin said he made the Boxing Day tsunami in 2004 happen. He said he'd done it because we had broken so many rules and the gods were angry.
"On the day he was sentenced, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan happened, and I instantly thought Colin had done it. I know now that's not possible but he was very good at placing things and convincing you that you'd caused a disaster. I was totally brainwashed."
At 17 Gemma became pregnant with Batley's baby. She said: "When I found out it was the first time I'd cried in six years. I didn't want a baby - I couldn't bring a child into that kind of hell."
But the cult leader forced her to keep the child, saying the baby belonged to the gods. Gemma explained: "I said I wanted an abortion but I was called a murderer. When I was pregnant I attempted suicide twice.
"I cut myself and took an overdose. I just didn't want to be there. Colin found out and said the gods had saved me."
Gemma was 18 when she gave birth in February 2008. She recalled: "After I had Emily I felt like I had something worth living for. She gave me my life back."
But when Emily was three months old Batley forced Gemma to work as a prostitute in a Bristol brothel for four days a week. At this point she could take no more.
She and another cult member who also wanted to leave contacted relatives on Facebook using the internet in a public library.
Gemma said: "I made sure I had my passport and our birth certificates, and we were picked up at 2.30am on May 22, 2009. I left with a baby and a suitcase full of nappies and clothes, and I haven't been back or contacted them since. I hadn't seen or spoken to them until I saw them in court."
After escaping, Gemma traced relatives in Essex, who she has now moved in with. With their support she reported Batley to the police and the cult members were arrested.
Gemma gave her evidence to the court via videolink, and earlier this month 48-year-old Batley was jailed for life with a minimum of 11 years at Swansea Crown Court on 11 charges of rape, six serious sexual assaults, three indecent assaults and causing a child to have sex.
Judge Paul Thomas said Batley had created a "sick little kingdom" and was a "danger to children".
Gemma's mother Jacqueline was convicted of aiding and abetting rape, causing prostitution, indecency with a child and inciting a child to engage in sexual activity.
Gemma said: "The last time I saw her was at the sentencing.
"She snarled, 'What are you doing here?' and I broke down. As I'm a mum myself it makes what she did seem even more awful.
"Now my focus is on Emily, I want to give her everything I didn't have and I want her to be happy."
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