Bishop, prophetess deny swindling woman sh5m to cast away demons
A ‘bishop’ and a ‘prophetess’ were on Thursday charged with conning a Nairobi woman sh5 million, claiming that had the ability to drive away demons.
Samuel Wachira Mungai and Esther Mumbi Gitau of the United Hope World Reach Church denied the said offense before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo in Milimani law courts.
They were released on a sh2 million bond each.
Prosecution told court that the two on diverse dates between March 2016 and July 2015 obtained sh5, 504,990 from Ms Gladys Wamuyu Nyamu.
The duo allegedly obtained the said monies while falsely knowing that that they were inculpable of delivering Ms Nyamu and her family from demons.
They allegedly committed the offense with others not before the court along Jogoo road near Uchumi supermarket in Nairobi’s Eastland’s area.
“With intend to defraud, they obtained the cash from the complainant by falsely pretending that they were in a position of delivering her family from demons, a fact they knew was false,” prosecution said.
The two also pleaded not guilty to a similar charge of obtaining sh1,100,000 by false pretense from Ms Caroline Wanjiru Wambugu after allegedly cheating her that they would help her travel to Canada.
The second offense was allegedly committed between November 2015 and last month in Donholm estate.
The ‘bishop’ and the ‘prophetess’ were arrested after the two women reported the separate incidents at the
Makadara police station.
Magistrate Ogembo directed that the duo to be released on a sh2 million bond or a Sh 500,000 cash bail.