Michael Hamilton and Ben Leo, The Sun, February 17, 2018
A church of England vicar inhales from a crack pipe and says: “I’m a very happy man.”
The Rev Stennett Kirby, 64, smoked the highly-addictive Class A drug and snorted cocaine in shocking scenes at his church-owned home.
In the footage Reverend Kirby can be seen lighting up and then inhaling a crack pipe
The respected community figure also watched porn, and chatted about escorts and a trip to Soho to buy liquid chemical poppers, which gives users a head rush.
Footage obtained by The Sun on Sunday shows Mr Kirby spark up his crack pipe as he relaxes on a sofa with a pal.
His friend then says: “You’re happy now, innit?” The churchman replies: “I’m a very happy man. I love it.”
He is seen staring at a TV, apparently watching porn, and adds: “It f***ing turns me on when I have this and I watch that.”
When his pal asks Kirby if he’d like a ‘cocaine spliff’, the reverend replies: ‘If you don’t mind’
Mr Kirby, vicar of West Ham Parish Church in East London since 2007, then makes a crude oral sex reference and refers to women in a lewd way.
The vicar and his pal also discuss hiring a female escort and he says: “I wish I could. If I had money, I would. I’ve only got £10 left.”
When his friend tells him he prefers prostitutes to having a relationship, unmarried Mr Kirby — on sick leave from work — agrees.
Mr Kirby, known by his middle name Roger, says: “It’s too much hassle, that’s what I told you about women.”
Later his pal asks him: “Shall I make you a cocaine spliff?” Mr Kirby replies: “If you don’t mind.”
As music plays, the vicar reveals he is planning a trip to central London the next day. He says: “I’m going to Soho with my mate for dinner. I’m going to sex shops to get some poppers.” Possession is not illegal.
In other footage Mr Kirby, whose brother is a minister, can be seen snorting coke. His pal says taking it off the back of his hand is easier. Seconds later Mr Kirby says approvingly: “That is good.”
Some of what we imagine might be Reverend Kirby’s favourite religious tunes
Our revelations bear similarities to the case of “Crystal Methodist” Paul Flowers.
The shamed minister and former Co-op Bank boss was suspended from the church in 2017 after he was filmed in a car counting out £300 to buy cocaine and crystal meth in a drug deal.