Court makes sudden decision on Deya's controversial case

Mr Deya is at Kamiti Maximum prison awaiting trial on 9th next month

The court has allowed the suspect ‘child trafficking lord’ to be issued with an itinerary of his travel records from 18 years ago.

After his lawyer Mr John Sakwa pleaded with the court, chief magistrate Francis Andayi directed that the suspect be given records of his travel from May 1, 1999 to the date he was extradited from the UK.

“The accused person should be provided with the requested information from the Immigration department and that has to be done in 14 days,” the magistrate ruled.

However, Mr Sakwa will have to write to the Immigration department in order for his request to be granted.

Earlier, when he appeared before the Milimani Law Courts, the preacher denied stealing five children aged below 14 years, including three girls. The court heard that Mr Deya might have committed the crime between May 12, 1999, and August 19, 2004, in Mountain View estate, Nairobi.

The five children stolen by the preacher were below 14 years old and comprised three girls, two boys.

The televangelist is accused of depriving unknown parents’ lawful custody of the children because he possessed them and harboured them unlawfully.

His wife, Mary, was arrested and charged in 2008 with 10 counts of similar offences before being handed a three year jail term. She was granted cash bail of Sh300,000 pending her trial but was later on acquitted.

Whilst prosecution is accusing Mr Deya of evading justice for the last 12 years, the defence has insisted that he was merely defending himself so as to protect ‘his known reputation as a spiritual father.’

He remains remanded at the Kamiti Maximum Prison pending his trial, which is set to kick off on October 9 since he was denied bond.

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