Ottawa rapist Paul Batchelor found guilty again, though also acquitted in two other cases

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| 19 September 2022

Ottawa rapist Paul Batchelor has been found guilty again, only this time across the river in Hull.

The disgraced insurance salesman was on trial for three separate rape cases, but was acquitted in two on Friday.

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In all, including Friday’s verdicts, Batchelor has won seven acquittals in rape cases defended by legal specialist Oliver Abergel. This is his third conviction.

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Batchelor remains in the Hull jail awaiting sentencing for his latest rape conviction. The judge on Friday also acquitted him on the two other cases.

The last time Batchelor won two rape acquittals on the same day was in 2019, and he walked out of the Ottawa courthouse with a big smile on his face. When he was found guilty in two other rapes in February 2022, there was no smile, and no walking away. It should be noted that Batchelor was also acquitted in three other rape cases that same day. None of the five women knew one another. (A sixth woman died before the case went to court.)

Read Gary Dimmock’s full story: Ottawa Citizen