A church leader who was brutally attacked by a member of his congregation on Monday, has been admitted in a critical condition at a Delaware hospital.

Rev. William Graney of the Resurrection Parish Church had to be hospitalized after 25-year-old Joshua August, had beaten him after a church service.

The 25-year-old Delaware man reportedly delivered several punches and kicks to the face and body of the priest, in addition to hitting him in his head before dousing the church leader with a wine bottle.

Parish employees who witnessed the act, informed the media that noises from the office alerted them to the scene. To their amazement, August was pouring a bottle of wine, which he got from another room, over the priest. He further canned compressed air into the priest’s mouth, before being lured and locked out of the premises.

August was later seen fleeing the scene on a skateboard.

After a brief struggle, he was taken into custody and charged by the New Castle County Police with assault, resisting arrest and criminal mischief.

The 25-year-old was being held on a $52,500 bail bond, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for 7th August.

This publication understands that August was charged with harassment, offensive touching and eight counts of criminal mischief.