Controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya with his lawyer John Swaka accompanying him while escorted to police cells at Milimani Law Courts on Friday 11 August ,2017.

Controversial televangelist Gilbert Deya application to be released on bail pending hearing and determination of his case has been rejected by a Nairobi court.

Nairobi chief magistrate Francis Andayi denied Deya bail saying that if released on bail the accused is likely to abscond trial.

Further, the court noted that conduct of Deya to fight his extradition in UK demonstrates anxiety in Deya’s mind to have the case concluded.

The court was told that the offenses of Deya are serious. The prosecution will call at least 25 witnesses to testify against Deya. Deya was charged with stealing 5 children.

Yesterday Deya told the court that he is exposed to deplorable conditions in Kamiti maximum prison. He further said that the agreement between Kenya and Britain at the time of deportation was that he is remanded and housed in a special unit within the Prison.

The prosecution, however, said that the agreement only said that he would be held in a single cell which he would occupy alone but would be subjected to the same conditions as other in mates.

This conditions he said would apply during remand and also if he is detained.

Deya was on Friday charged with five counts of child stealing. It is alleged that he committed the crime on diverse dates between 2002 and 2004 at Mountain View Estate.The preacher is accused of stealing five children – all under the age of 14 years.

He denied all the counts before chief magistrate Francis Andayi.

Deya’s, lawyer John Swaka asked the court to release him on bail saying his client is not a flight risk.

The hearing is set for 9th of October.