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'Fashanu doctored threat tape'
John Fashanu
John Fashanu was a member of the pastor's congregation
Former footballer and television personality John Fashanu has been accused by a trial witness of editing a secret recording to remove verbal threats he made.

Pastor Douglas Goodman is accused of sexually assaulting young women from the church where Mr Fashanu is a regular.

The Old Bailey jury was told youth leader Banjo Aromolaran had been told of complaints by some of the women, but felt intimidated after Mr Fashanu said he could become the victim of an acid attack or sex allegations.

Mr Aromolaran said he had met Mr Fashanu in his car.

A tape recording of the meeting, said to be between Mr Fashanu, Mr Aromolaran, 35, and a woman, was played to the jury.

Mr Fashanu did not feature in the two-minute section in which Mr Aromolaran and the woman talked of the possibility of setting a "trap" for the pastor.

John Fashanu said certain things which are not there - that tape is incorrect
Witness Banjo Aromolaran
Mr Aromolaran confirmed when asked Courtenay Griffiths, QC, defending, that he was saying the passage had been doctored to remove John Fashanu's voice.

"This is a conversation between three people. John Fashanu said certain things which are not there. That tape is incorrect."

He alleged that Mr Fashanu recorded the conversation and edited out his voice.

He claimed Mr Fashanu had warned him about complaining about the preacher, saying even he, with his wealth and celebrity, would not stand against Pastor Goodman because he had money and manpower.

Mr Aromolaran went on: "He said some people in the press had called him to say that there are five families ready to make anonymous calls with allegations of child molestation."

'Child molester'

The youth leader claimed Mr Fashanu had said the mess would be about Mr Aromolaran, not Pastor Goodman.

"He said: 'They are going to say you are gay, you are a child molester and, if it becomes a police matter, you are going to prison.

"He said `There are people who are ready to jump you and throw acid in your face.'

"He said `There are psychopaths who are ready to lay their lives down to preserve Douglas Goodman's good name'.

"Now if that does not constitute a threat, I don't know what does."

Mr Aromolaran said the taped passage had been taken out of context.

Mr Goodman, 46, of Turnberry Lane, Collingtree, Northampton, denies 12 indecent assaults and one rape involving four women.

Douglas Goodman
Mr Goodman denies 13 sex charges
He further denies attempting to pervert the course of justice.

The offences were said to have taken place between 1997 and March last year when Mr Goodman was head of the evangelical Victory Christian Centre in Finchley and in Kilburn High Road, both north London.

Mr Fashanu, runner-up in the latest I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here, and his family were regulars at the fast-growing church.

Mr Aromolaran had earlier denied a suggestion by the defence that he went to police about the pastor out of "naked greed" because he wanted a share of the millions of pounds the church was attracting.

The trial continues.




SEE ALSO:
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30 May 03  |  Northamptonshire
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22 May 03  |  London


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