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‘Miracle babies’Kenyan preacher Gilbert Deya charged with sex offences in UK

Pastor who claimed to be able to help infertile couples accused of raping woman and assaulting 14-year-old girl

Gilbert Deya appeared in custody at Camberwell magistrates court. Photograph: David Levene for the Guardian

Gilbert Deya appeared in custody at Camberwell magistrates court. Photograph

An evangelical preacher who claimed to be able to help infertile couples have “miracle babies” has been charged with a string of sexual assaults.

Gilbert Deya, 61, is accused of three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape on an adult female. He is also charged with one count of sexual assault-by-touching in relation to a 14-year-old girl.

Having appeared before Camberwell magistrates court to face the charges, he has been remanded in custody and is due to return to court on 8 November for a preliminary hearing.

Deya, from south-east London and originally from Kenya, claims that “through the power of prayer and the Lord Jesus” he has helped infertile women give birth.

He previously said he has helped two women in the UK, one of whom allegedly gave birth to three children in less than a year. Both women told how they travelled to Kenya in order to “give birth”.

It is not known why Deya – who lost a battle against extradition to Kenya to face kidnapping charges – is still in Britain.

He is also the self-styled archbishop of registered charity Gilbert Deya Ministries, which claims a UK membership of 36,000.

-IBtimes

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