Climate Irungu Wiseman, the founder of Bishop Climate Ministries in Camberwell District, South London, United Kingdom, has appeared in court for allegedly selling “plague protection kits” for £91 as a cure for COVID-19.
He is accused of fraud and unfair trading after allegedly offering the package, which contained a small bottle of oil and a piece of red yarn, as a “plague protection kit.”.
On Monday, August 16, Wiseman, the head of the Kingdom Church in Camberwell, south London, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court.
A 46-year-old man is accused of marketing a mixture of cedarwood and hyssop with claims that it could be used to “treat, prevent, protect against, or cure” Coronavirus.
“The claims were made in person, online, in instructional videos, and through testimonial videos”, according to the claim.
During the investigation, prosecutor Ryan Thompson, representing Southward Council, said that in phone calls to the church, claims were made that the oil had “cured at least 10 people.”
There was a risk of “harm or death” for those who bought the oil thinking it would save them.
Between 23 and 24 March, Wiseman pleaded not guilty to a single charge of fraud and two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations.
Maeve Thornton, representing Wiseman, said the case dealt with freedom of religion.
The case has been sent to the Inner London Crown Court, where Wiseman will appear on 13 September.