Methodist sent saucy picture to ex accused of his attack

PUBLISHED: 11:55 02 March 2009 | UPDATED: 11:22 12 August 2010

A SUSPENDED Methodist minister admitted in court on Tuesday (24) that he sent an intimate picture of himself to his ex who is accused of beating him up.

A SUSPENDED Methodist minister admitted in court on Tuesday (24) that he sent an intimate picture of himself to his ex who is accused of beating him up.

The Reverend Russell Bates, formerly of Bromley Methodist Church, was testifying against his ex Jane Corp, 39, her son Laurie, 22, and 21-year-old Tony Grayson who all deny charges of causing actual bodily harm.

Reverend Bates of Rochester Avenue, Bromley told a jury that Ms Corp was "hassling" him after the relationship had ended but during cross examination admitted he had sent her a photograph of his erect penis after they had broken up.

The supended minister, who is appealing against the decision, said he was at home with a friend on September 25, 2007 when he had a call from Ms Corp of Anstridge Road, Eltham, saying she was on her way to him.

He said: "I said I didn't want to speak to her. She had been hassling me and I said enough was enough."

The relationship had ended as far as he was concerned, he told jurors at Croydon Crown Court.

He added: "She was hysterical outside the house and I went out to try to calm her down. She screamed abuse at me and shouted: 'You lying bastard.'

"She slapped me around the face a couple of times. She clenched her fist and punched me in the nose. She came at me again and tried to hit me."

He went indoors and called the police but later heard people outside.

Reverend Bates said: "The front door was broken open and I heard people coming into the house. I recognised Jane's voice and that of her son Laurie. They went upstairs, came back down and went outside."

Soon afterwards the Reverend got into his car but the door was suddenly opened by Laurie Corp, also of Anstridge Road, who said something like: "Don't treat my mum like this."

Corp, he alleged, started to hit him in the face and Grayson of Alderwood Road, Avery Hill opened the back door of the car and joined in, hitting him in the shoulder and face.

Laurie Corp is alleged to have said: "If you treat my mum like this again, I'll kill you".

Reverend Bates, who admitted having continued contact with Ms Corp after the end of the relationship, ended up with a broken nose and other injuries, the court heard.

He denied claims of violence which were put to him, and said he had not punched her in the head and in the chest while they were in bed.

But he did once try to drag her out of the car when she was hysterical during an argument.

The trial continues.

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