The Fort Magistrate today refused to ban a protest organized by the opposition to be staged in Fort but ordered that it be confined to the pavement near the Fort railway station.The police had sought the court order against the opposition protest as it may severely disrupt traffic with many people visiting the expanded Colombo port. The joint opposition protest was organized against the incident in Weliweriya.
“Therefore he will not be able to work as a Church of England clergyman again. The penalty reflects the seriousness of this misconduct.”The spokeswoman said the CoE takes allegations of misconduct seriously, and Mr Sayer’s lifetime ban was issued in accordance with the Clergy Discipline Measure 2003.”Complaints can be made against clergy, as in this case, even if they have already resigned from their position. The parish of Warblington with Emsworth is now under new leadership and is further developing its mission and ministry with the local community,” the spokeswoman said. A number of former parishioners have defended their former rector after the lifetime ban claiming he had been harshly treated.Retired Scotland Yard murder squad detective chief superintendent Brendan Gibb-Gray said: “I feel immensely sorry for him. I believe he was a good man.”The church should be forgiving him. He has suffered so much as a result of the first allegation, where he was basically hung out to dry.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. A vicar who was suspended after having sexual contact with a teenager has been banned for life from the clergy after admitting another “intimate sexual relationship” with a married parishioner.Rev Simon Sayers exchanged sordid texts messages with the woman after she approached him for pastoral support.Mr Sayers, formerly of the Warblington with Emsworth parish in Hampshire, began the “intimate sexual relationship” with the married woman in autumn 2010 and sent her “many sexually explicit texts,” a Church of England (CoE) tribunal heard. “I’m home now but really enjoyed you sitting astride me sans panties,” the priest wrote in one message. Another said: “You too are the most passionate, sexy, skilled and sensuous lover and my body is yours, my heart and soul are yours forever.”The woman told the tribunal that she thought she and Mr Sayers were in love.The 55-year-old admitted to the affair in a letter to the private hearing which he did not attend. The tribunal deemed him guilty of misconduct. “During the autumn of 2010 there was a brief but shameful affair with Mrs X. We were both facing painful issues, and mutual comfort and support strayed appallingly into an affair,” Mr Sayers said in his letter. Mr Sayers apologised for being disloyal to his wife for a second time. “I can offer no excuse, only my profound sorrow for betraying my wife and my calling once more after that terrible incident in 1995,” he said. In 1995, Mr Sayers was arrested over an allegation of indecent assault in Islington, London but was not charged. A 19-month internal church in 2016 into the incident found his behaviour with a 16-year-old abused his position of trust and he was banned from ministry for five years by the Church of England (CoE).The Metropolitan Police also investigated the allegations, but no criminal charges were brought against him.During the hearing into the 2010 affair this week, the CoE said Mr Sayers was guilty of “conduct unbecoming or inappropriate to the office and work of a clergy person in that he had an intimate sexual relationship with a married woman to whom he was giving pastoral support and failed to observe and maintain appropriate pastoral boundaries”.A Diocese of Portsmouth spokeswoman said: “The Rev Simon Sayers had already been prohibited from ministry for five years after accepting a penalty for previous misconduct. The tribunal has now imposed a penalty of prohibition from ministry for life.