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Thursday, August 17, 2017

Deya to remain in Kamiti as court denies bail, child-theft trial to start on October 9

Televangelist Bishop Gilbert Deya at a Milimani court on Thursday, August 10 when he came for the ruling of his bond application. /COLLINS KWEYU
Televangelist Bishop Gilbert Deya at a Milimani court on Thursday, August 10 when he came for the ruling of his bond application. /COLLINS KWEYU

Controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya infamous for ‘miracle babies’ will remain at the Kamiti Maximum Prison until his trial is over.

This is after chief magistrate Francis Andayi on Friday denied him bail, saying the prosecution has given compelling reasons to warrant the denial of bail.

The magistrate, however, ordered the prosecution to conduct a day-to-day trial beginning October 9.

He directed them to prepare and line up their witnesses so that they expedite the trial.

Andayi further said the defence will be at liberty to apply for bail if the prosecution fails to do adhere to stipulations.

On Thursday, Deya alleged he is living in deplorable conditions at the Kamiti Maximum Prison. Through lawyer John Swaka, Deya said he is in a single cell that is filthy and unfit for habitation. He said prison warders have given him a bucket to relieve himself, which is very unhygienic, and was not part of the agreement for his extradition.

The court heard the cell does not meet the standards of Article 3 of the European Commission, which was stipulated by the High Court in London when he was extradited.

Swaka said one of the conditions that the UK court and Kenya agreed on upon Deya’s extradition, was that he would be treated with dignity. He said Kenya allegedly assured the court that Kamiti has a special room where he will be comfortable. State lawyer Nicholas Mutuku, however, denied the cell is dirty, saying it meets the threshold required by law.

Andayi ruled that Deya’s cell in Kamiti should meet the conditions given by the British court.

The televangelist was last week charged with five counts of stealing children. It is alleged that between 2002 and 2004 at Mountain View Estate, he stole the children below 14 years. Deya asked the court to grant him reasonable bail. The hearing of the case will begin on October 9.

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