London church worker Paul Deya guilty of murdering son

A south London church worker has been found guilty of the murder of his three-year-old son after a trial at the Old Bailey.

Paul Deya, 32, of Bermondsey, slit his son Wilson's throat in November 2009, six months after having a dream about killing children, the jury heard.

Mr Deya denied both the murder and attempted murder of his wife Jackline Otieno Deya, 29, at their home.

Wilson was found in a bedroom with a slit throat and slashed abdomen.

'Obsessed with her'

When Mrs Deya found his body, her husband chased her and attacked her with a knife.

He admitted malicious wounding but was cleared of attempting to murder her.

The court heard Deya had become jealous of his wife, accusing her of seeing another man.

Police arriving at the flat found Deya with similar injuries as his son and concluded he had attempted suicide, the court heard.

Richard Whittam, QC, prosecuting, told the court the couple had agreed to separate the night before the killing.

He said: "Jackline found that Paul Deya was obsessed with her. She found him over-bearing and it made her uncomfortable.

"They agreed to have a period of separation and he agreed that he would move out of their home."

'Miracle babies'

Paul Deya is the nephew of preacher Gilbert Deya.

The preacher is fighting extradition to Kenya over child abduction claims after infertile women were presented with "miracle babies".

The self-styled archbishop's church once claimed to be the fastest-growing in Europe.

Jackline Deya was financial director of Gilbert Deya Ministries.

She said she had "prayed" with her husband over the "spiritual" dream he had.

Mrs Deya told the court: "It was not a good dream.

"We didn't seek advice, we just prayed over it."

Mrs Deya said her husband became calm after these prayers, but she believed it was at this point that he formed a plan to kill Wilson.

"Paul was angry and that is why he killed my Wilson," she said.

"He was not mentally ill."

Mrs Deya added: "He planned his deed well and left me heartbroken. I am not angry. I am feeling the pain of losing a child."

Baroness Kennedy QC, defending, said the church to which the couple belonged was "strange" and "cult-like".

"This was a tight-knit religious community run by a charlatan," she said.

The couple had a 17-month-old daughter who was not harmed.

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