An aristocrat mother who is on the run with her rapist partner and their newborn baby was left traumatised by a charismatic Nigerian evangelical church leader, a friend has revealed.
Constance Marten, 35, is understood to have spent around six months living in Nigeria and working for the controversial pastor T B Joshua, becoming one of his so-called ‘disciples’ at around the time she went to university.
A family friend said that Ms Marten, whose family used to own the £100m Crichel House estate set in 5,000 acres in Dorset, appeared ‘traumatised’ on her return to the UK.
The friend, who we are not naming at her request, said she believed that Ms Marten had now fallen under the influence of her partner Mark Gordon, 49, who served 20 years in a US jail for the rape and kidnap of a young woman during a knifepoint burglary in 1989.
Ms Constance Marten (pictured) was left traumatised by a charismatic Nigerian evangelical church leader, a friend has revealed
Ms Marten and…