Father William Haymaker, 63, was convicted of fraud after using the blue badge to park in a disabled bay in Western Road, Bexhill, in December 2015 – but it belonged to a woman who had died two months before.Oops!
His sentencing at Hove Crown Court this morning was delayed by around 90 minutes while staff tried to find a working hearing aid for the priest who said he could not hear proceedings from the dock without it.Hmmmm. How does he manage in the confessional?
Judge Christine Henson also ordered Haymaker to pay £3,700 in costs after she said his financial situation was “a little bit murky.”
She told Haymaker: “I don’t think this court has been appraised of the true picture of this financial situation.
“It is difficult to see what you are spending your money on.”Presumably, not wine, women and song?
Haymaker, who was ordained in 1984, is a rector of St Paul’s Anglican Parish in Bexhill which is part of the Anglican Independent Communion. The court heard he has no connection to the Church of England and regularly travels to Moldova.
Reverend Peter Gadsen said there is no such church in the parish, and contacted The Argus to say Father Haymaker is in no way associated with St Paul’s Evangelical Free Church, Bexhill, where he is a minister.
Haymaker also claimed to have worked for many years at British Airways. But investigations by his legal team and prosecutors failed to find any evidence he ever worked for the airline, the court heard.Oh dear. Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear....
He was again accompanied to court by his official clerical dog The Venerable Mr Piddles.*sprays tea over keyboard*