A worried father woke up feeling like he should check on his daughter in her bedroom down the hall. It was after 3 a.m. when he entered her room, and he didn’t expect anything to happen at the crime scene he found. Now the father is in prison.
When Ben Batterham put his little girl to bed on Saturday night, he didn’t think he would wake up to a nightmare just hours later. At 3:30 a.m. he suddenly became alert and went to his daughter’s bedroom.
Opening her door a crack, he saw that she was lying in her bed, but to his absolute horror, a massive man was standing over his daughter, who lay helpless and frightened under his immense wrath.
Ben Batterham’s home. Ricky Slater (inset)
According to Yahoo News, the 33-year-old Australian father didn’t ask any questions. His protective parental instincts immediately took over and he grabbed the 34-year-old intruder, identified as Ricky Slater, with his bare hands and beat him to a bloody pulp. Batterham dragged the pervert from his daughter’s room into the street in a headlock to hold him until the police arrived. When police got there, Slater’s neck had been broken in half and he was unconscious.
The intruder was taken to hospital, where he died the next morning after being removed from life support. Although he got what he deserved when he entered the nursery with evil intentions, Batterham pays a heavy price for protecting his daughter.
The brave father was initially charged with negligent grievous bodily harm, but since Slater’s death the sentence has been upgraded to murder. The intruder’s family defends their degenerate son by blaming Batterham for Slater’s bad actions and claiming that he was a good guy and loving father who did not deserve to die.
Slater’s mother Beryl Dickson is demanding justice for her now three fatherless grandchildren and urging the court not to be kind to Batterham. “They lost their father, their beautiful father, who they haven’t seen for years because he was in prison, which has nothing to do with this case,” Dickson told ABC News. “All I can think about is that these little children are now going to grow up without a father.”
Maybe this mother should have stopped apologizing for her son’s terrible choices years before this point. If she had, he could have been a father to his children. It is not the victim’s fault that the criminal was killed while committing a crime, that is a risk he faced when he decided to sneak up on a little girl and it is the father’s right to protect her.
Considering Slater’s pedophilic tendencies, his children are probably better off without him. According to Dickson’s own admission, her son’s children did not even know their father because he always preferred crime to them. Now, because of him, a little girl doesn’t get to know her father because he’s in prison for protecting her.
Not everyone sees it the same way as Slater’s family and the law that brought him criminal charges. A petition has been started to clear Batterham of the murder charge because he simply did what any good parent would do. Someone wasn’t going to make it out of that bedroom unscathed, and this father wasn’t letting that be his daughter.
Only in a country like Australia, where gun rights are abhorred and gun ownership is prohibited, would a victim be turned into a criminal for exercising their human right to protection.
Slater’s family also shouldn’t be given a soapbox to stand on and tell their sad story about their son. His children are also victims of their own father, and their grandmother is partly to blame, not Batterham.