The “Archbishop” of a Pentecostal church sweated and rubbed himself as he gave a deaconess a lesson in how to arouse her husband, a jury was told on Tuesday (21 April).

Walter Masocha (51), known as “Daddy” and “The Prophet” by members of the Agape for All Nations Church, invited the woman into his office in Stirling following a “couples’ conference” held in December 2012 by the church in Leyland, Lancashire.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told the conference was a “couples’ retreat”, based on the church’s doctrine about marriage.

The 32-year-old mother-of-four, who was present with her husband and a friend, said Masocha had preached from the pulpit saying there were demons present, and they were going into people.

She said: “I knew he was speaking about me and my friend. I wanted to leave, then my husband grabbed me.

“I took a glass and smashed it.” She said she was pulled to the floor in front of 200 to 300 people.

She said: “My husband was saying restrain her, put her down.” She said after the conference she visited Masocha at his luxury home, Cosyneuk House, at Sauchieburn, near Stirling, where she claimed he came up to her and started kissing her neck before inviting her to his office in the city.

She said: “He asked me to come, almost for deliverance, because of what had happened [at the conference].

“We went to the office. The conversation we had in the office was very sexual. My husband had stopped being intimate with me, so I was saying to him my husband didn’t love me and didn’t come to me any more.

“Then he started to demonstrate what I needed to do to my husband to make him interested and get him back.

“Though he was fully clothed, he was demonstrating to me what I needed to do to my husband. It was very inappropriate.

“He said ‘don’t tell your husband I have told you to do these things, but do them anyway.

“He was sitting on the chair and rubbing himself and told me that was what I should do when I go home to my husband.

“He was sweating a lot. He took a towel and used it to wipe himself, then gave it to me.” The woman said she left the church in July 2014 after members of her family called an ambulance to a service she was attending at one of Agape’s branch churches in Wigan, Lancashire, and told paramedics she needed to be sectioned.

Prosecutor Alison Montgomery asked her: “Were you sectioned?” The woman, a university-trained nurse, replied: “No.

“The paramedics concluded it was a case of public humiliation.” She said her in-laws then told the ambulance crew that if they did not take her away and lock her up, they would call the police.

She said: “It was without doubt one of the worst days of my life. I have never been so humiliated and stripped of my dignity. My sister-in-law was saying my children were malnourished and should be taken into care.” She added: “I felt Walter Masocha had plotted this and he actually wanted me to be locked away.” In answer to questioning by John Scullion, QC, for the accused, the woman said collecting towels used by Masocha, who sweated while he preached, was “a thing” for everyone in Agape - which she called “a cult”.

She added: “I had more towels than anyone in the congregation.” She said that a friend in the church had warned her: “If you dare take this to the heathen, to the police, God is going to curse you.” She said people in Agape looked upon Masocha “almost as a God”.

She said: “To some degree he was almost like my master, and I was almost like his servant, though we didn’t actually use these terms.

“I believe he manipulated me, brainwashed me, controlled my marriage and my life.

“He violated my body, he took advantage of me financially.

“When I look back, I do believe I was in a cult. He bled me dry, he took everything from me.

“He taught us his hugs were actually anointed.” She denied a suggestion by Mr Sculllion that she had wanted to take “vengeance” on Masocha because he had cancelled publication of a church magazine she had produced. Mr Scullion also suggested she had plotted to frame the preacher.

Earlier, jurors were shown video clips of an Agape church service, with Bible reading, Masocha preaching, and the congregation dancing.

On Wednesday (22 April) a Scottish schoolgirl told the jury that Masocha put his hand down her trousers, “pinged” her knickers, and when challenged told her had seen “demons” there and was trying to clear them out.

The girl , now 16, said the incident occurred in a games room at Masocha’s home. She said she regarded him as her “spiritual father”, and called him “dad”.

She said in late 2013 she was with four other girls in the upstairs games room when Masocha came in.

Giving evidence by video link, she said she had been wearing “stretchy trousers”.

She said: “Walter Masocha called me over - he didn’t verbally say it, he just waved me over. I went to stand next to him.

“He placed his hand round my lower back, and moved his hand down until he got to my underwear, and he sort of pinged my underwear.

“He repeatedly pinged my underwear, ran his hand down my bottom, and grabbed and pinched my bottom.

“He was pinging my underwear, pulling it and letting go, pulling it and letting go.

“He used his thumb and his index finger and pinched my bottom, a grab going into a pinch.” Asked how the incident made her feel, the girl, a pupil at a Stirlingshire secondary school, said: “I felt quite violated - like, why is he touching my bum? There’s a limit, a biological father wouldn’t do that, why would a spiritual father. I felt like I’d done something wrong.” She added: “None of the other girls in the room knew what was happening, they thought he was just standing next to me with his arm around me.

“He was just smiling.” She said she later texted Masocha and asked him why he had done it, and he texted back that he would tell her in person.

As a result she saw him at Cosyneuk a few days later.

She said: “He said that he did it because he saw some demons and things that shouldn’t be there and he was clearing them away. I just broke into tears because I thought I had been doing things wrong without realising them. I felt like I had been bad.” She said when she cried, Mascocha said he would pray to remove the “demons”, then left the room.

She said: “I sat on the sofa to calm myself down.” In another incident, when she was “13 going on 14” she said Masocha had been sitting down at his home, very close to her, advising her about school.

She said: “He said, ‘you’ll always be mine’, and kissed me on the lips.” She said at the time she was happy, because members of the church had been taught that anything they received from Masocha was a blessing from God.

Prosecutor Alison Montgomery asked: “How do you feel about it now?” The girl replied: “Disgusted, because I now know, at that age, growing up, my own father wouldn’t kiss me on the lips.” She said Masocha later told her to delete text messages he had sent her saying her mother “would get suspicious”.

She later left the church and went to the police, after talking to her mother and reading an on-line blog written by another of Masocha’s alleged victims, a 32-year-old mother of four who gave evidence earlier in the case.

She said that until she left the church, she had “no concerns” about Masocha’s behaviour towards her, but her attitude changed.

She said: “Afterwards, I looked at it not in a Christian’s perspective, but in a normal person’s perspective, and it just wasn’t right, a grown man doing things like that to a young girl.

“Now I feel sick just thinking about it.” Masocha, of Sauchieburn, denies sexually assaulting the adult woman between 1 April 2012 and 30 March 2013.

He also denies engaging in sexual activity with a 14-year-old girl.

Overall, the incidents are said to have occurred over a two-year period between January 2012 and January 2014.

On Thursday (23 April) allegations that Masocha induced a young girl to massage his partially-naked body with oils were dropped after the teenager involved told the jury she had made up the claims.

The girl, who cannot be named, told her aunt and the police that Masocha had a room opening off his bedroom in his luxury country home equipped with a massage table where she rubbed his arms and legs with oil while he lay in the dark with a towel over his lower body.

The girl, now 15, retracted her claims stating that she had seen an online blog written by an earlier witness in the case, whom Masocha is accused of sexually assaulting, and after her aunt spoke to her about the case.

Giving evidence from behind a screen at Falkirk Sheriff Court, the girl, who attends a school in England, said she had been to Masocha’s home several times, but said she had never, as alleged, given him a massage.

She said: “I know it may seem really bad, but I didn’t give a massage, ever. I felt I had to lie, and I just kept on with the lie because I didn’t want to look bad.” She said that at the time she made the allegations she had stopped being a member of the church after her father said it would be best for them not to go, but she was now a member once more.

Prosecutor Alison Montgomery asked her: “Has somebody told you to change what you’ve said to your aunt and the police?” The girl replied: “No.” Closing her case, Miss Montgomery said the Crown were no longer seeking convictions on two charges against Masocha which alleged that he engaged in sexual activity, namely the massages, with the girl.

Sheriff Kenneth McGowan told jurors: “You can put a pencil through them.” Masocha still faces two charges - one of sexually assaulting a 32-year-old mother of four who had worked on the Agape church magazine, and of engaging in sexual activity over a 12 month period with another girl, aged between 14 and 15.

Masocha, a father of four, known to church members as “Archbishop”, “The Prophet”, “The Apostle”, “The High Commissioner”, and “Daddy” continues to deny the remaining charges.

His lawyer, John Scullion QC, asked him: “Did any of these episodes ever occur?” Masocha replied: “Never.” He said that the woman who had accused him had frequently visited his house, and said she had “many issues”.

He said: “She is an ambitious, some of the time spiteful person, full of drama.” He claimed she had “flipped” when he had said he was going to delay publication of an edition of the magazine she had been working on, because she was at odds with other members of the church.

He said: “When I said no [to publication] she lashed out, she said lots of things, every swear word you can think of.

“She called me later to try to get me to change my mind.

“When she realised I was serious, she flipped again.

“She said ‘you don’t know me, I am going to fix you and the church’.” He added that since the allegations had surfaced he had stepped back from the church, and was on anti-depressants.

He added about the allegations made by the schoolgirl who claimed he had put his hand down her trousers: “It’s not something I’d ever do. I know how wrong and sordid it is.” Cross examining, the depute fiscal asked Masocha: “Can you tell me about your wealth?” Zimbabwe-born Masocha, a former lecturer in accounting at Stirling University, said he received a salary paid for by church members, taking home £30,000 to £40,000 a year. He said the figure was “net”. He said his air tickets for trips round the world were also paid by the church, a charity registered in Scotland.

He said members paid a “tithe” of 10 per cent of their income to the church, which had some 2000 members worldwide. In a service, which could last three hours, he said 30 minutes might be allocated to someone asking for “offerings”.

He said: “It is normal for people to give a couple of hundred pounds a month.” But he insisted: “Nobody pays money by coercion, no-one is ever forced to pay money to the church.” Asked about “deliverance”, he said that some people demonstrated “funny behaviour”.

He said: “They start acting in a violent way. You can tell there’s something in them that’s causing them to do that. Some people say they can feel things there in their bodies.” Miss Montgomery asked: “Do you say you can see demons in people?” Masocha replied: “No, I just pray, and whatever it is gets out of their system.” He agreed that he had four security staff because when he went about “people want to cuddle me”.

He also agreed that people in the church collected what Miss Montgomery called “your sweaty towels” after he had mopped himself while preaching. He claimed the practice followed an incident in the Bible when someone took St Paul’s handkerchief.

Miss Montgomery said: “You sound as though you’re regarded almost like a celebrity.” Masocha replied: “I wouldn’t say so, no.” Referring to his titles - “The Prophet”, “Apostle”, “Archbishop” - Miss Montgomery asked: “Do you agree that some of these names you’re called are quite sacred terms?” He replied: “Yes.” The prosecutor asked: “Have you created an environment where members of your church are treating you like a god?” Masocha replied: “No-one’s ever claimed to see me as God. There’s no way I can ever claim to be anywhere close to God.” The trial, before Sheriff Kenneth McGowan and jury, will continue on Monday (27 April).