Faith healer, 46, appears in court accused of selling £91 ‘plague protection kits’ with small bottle of oil and piece of red yarn as bogus cure to Covid
A faith healer accused of selling ‘plague protection kits’ as a so-called cure for Covid-19 has appeared in court.
Bishop Climate Wiseman, 46, is charged with fraud and unfair trading offences after allegedly offering the package, containing a small bottle of oil and piece of red yarn, for £91.
Wearing a leather jacket over a clerical shirt and dog collar, he appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Monday
The charges allege Wiseman claimed the concoction advertised as ‘Divine Cleansing Oil’ or as part of a ‘Divine Plague Prevention Kit’
Wearing a leather jacket over a clerical shirt and dog collar, he appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Monday.
He spoke to confirm his name and date of birth before indicating not guilty pleas to a single charge of fraud and two charges under the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations between March 23 そして 24.
The charges allege Wiseman claimed the concoction advertised as ‘Divine Cleansing Oil’ or as part of a ‘Divine Plague Prevention Kit’ could be used to ‘treat, 防ぐ, protect against or cure’ コロナウイルス.
The claims are said to have been made ‘in person, オンライン, in instructional videos and through testimonial videos’.
Prosecutor Ryan Thompson, representing Southwark Council, which is bringing the prosecution, said claims were made that the oil had ‘cured at least 10 人’ in phone calls to the church during an investigation.
写真, the ‘Divine Cleansing Oil’ sold by the church which claims it protects users from Covid
Bishop Climate Wiseman is the head preacher at the south London church
He said the charges involved selling a cure for coronavirus which would not work and that there was a ‘risk of death and harm’ to people who bought the oil believing it would help save them.
Maeve Thornton, 防御, said the case involved the freedom to practise religion.
The bench of magistrates, chaired by Derek Cock, decided the case was not suitable for them to try and sent it to Inner London Crown Court, where Wiseman is next expected to appear on September 13.