A minister in Ayr has been charged with assault over allegations that he belted children as young as three. Rev. Martin Trench, of the River Ministry Christian Fellowship Evangelical Church, does not deny abusing his children, but insists he has committed no crime becuase it's an essential part of his Christian religion. Trench is a fine example of Christian leadership--divorced, he lives with his second wife, a lingerie shop manager. When the Sunday Mail made enquiries, he was not very communicative:
Yesterday Mr Trench denied the allegations. He said:That would be my ex-wife who put you on to this. The details are exaggerated greatly. My solicitor has told me not to make any statement.A friend of Mr Trench's said:He feels he has done nothing wrong. He was acting as a good parent and a good Christian.
Minister: It's Christian to belt boy of three. - Sunday Mail, 29th December 2002.