Derek O’Hare has led a campaign against the religious group in Dover and Deal after an acrimonious bust-up a couple years ago.
John Fitzgerald, defending, said O’Hare had parted company with the organisation “on acrimonious terms” and he was disfellowshipped – meaning he was ostracised by other members.
“He found it difficult to swallow and they kicked him out. For him this wasn’t mindless religious abuse. He didn’t want to cause pain, suffering, alarm and distress. It wasn’t done out of malice.”