Knife-swap at ‘wed­ding’

Daily Mail - - Life -

CHURCH war­den Ben Field com­mit­ted him­self to Peter Far­quhar at a bizarre ‘be­trothal’ cer­e­mony where the two men ex­changed knives as a show of mu­tual and abid­ing love, the court heard.

‘It is one of the hap­pi­est mo­ments of my life. Gone are the fears of dy­ing alone,’ the novelist wrote in his jour­nal af­ter the 2014 cer­e­mony at a church in Hamp­stead, north­west Lon­don.

But de­spite Mr Far­quhar’s joy, Field was in a num­ber of li­aisons with lo­cal women. As well as his sex­ual ac­tiv­i­ties with Ann Moore-Martin, 83, who lived three doors away from Mr Far­quhar, Field was in­volved with a Laura Busby, a Heather Joyce and care home worker Nina Eriksen-Grey.

His most sig­nif­i­cant lover of the pe­riod was Uni­ver­sity of Buckingham lec­turer Se­tara Pracha, 49. Pros­e­cu­tor Oliver Saxby QC said wit­nesses de­scribed the pair as ‘very tac­tile’ and ‘var­i­ous items con­nected with the de­fen­dant’ were found by po­lice at her home.

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