Bishop told flock they’d ‘drop dead’ from Covid without his £91 protection kits

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A preacher who sold fake £91 kits to ward off coronavirus has warned his flock he could die if he doesn’t buy them, a court has heard.

Bishop Climate Wiseman, 47, who preaches at Kingdom Church in Camberwell, south London, claimed the kits could cure people suffering from Covid-19 and prevent people from contracting the disease.

The healer was tried on one count of fraud and two counts of unfair trade practice during the year between March 23, 2020 and March 24, 2021.

He claimed that his mixture, made from cedarwood, hyssop oil and olive oil, had cured at least 10 people infected with the virus and that the investigators probing him were “the antichrist “.

Jurors were told worshipers could purchase kits through Bishopclimateblog.com, prophet-climate.com and prophetclimate.net by signing a prayer agreement form.

They could also use the form to donate without buying the kits.

Bishop Wiseman said in a blog post that by using the mixture, which had sat on the altar for seven days next to a scarlet thread, the ingredients would “act as an invisible barrier” and that “coronavirus and any other mortal thing” would pass. the user, prosecutors said.

Inner London Crown Court heard the kits were considerably more expensive than other items he was selling and his selling points were all money-driven.

In an instructional video, he said people with the insect should put their head under a towel topped with oil-soaked boiling water.

He claimed his concoction kills the virus because it ‘can’t stand the power of the oil’ and said that after inhalation, Covid is expelled from the body and ‘just dies’.

He urged loyal viewers to do nothing and buy the kits as soon as possible or they “could end up dropping dead”.

Testimonial videos claimed a woman with no sense of taste and a high temperature felt ‘much better’ after drinking it, and a family had been cleared of ‘all symptoms of coronavirus’ which had ‘completely disappeared’ .

He also said on his website that a woman who was so sick she called paramedics was cured after a friend gave her the oil and a Yorkshire nurse recovered three days after taking it.

Southwark Council Trading Standards was first told of the so-called remedy on March 24, 2020, the first full day of the first lockdown, which was announced on its Bishopclimateblog.com.

On March 31, they contacted the bishop and asked him to remove any mention of the kits’ alleged coronavirus healing powers.

Some claims were removed, but he still claimed the kits offered “divine protection during the plague of coronavirus.”

Bishop Wiseman said investigators questioning him were ‘the antichrist’

(Rory Milner/SWNS)

His church was also under investigation by the Charity Commission, which was investigating Kingdom Church GB, a charity of which Bishop Wiseman and his wife were trustees until the summer of 2020.

He knew the oil was being sold as a coronavirus cure through a website linked to the charity, and Bishop Wiseman was asked to ensure that all links between the charity and Bishop Climate Ministries were immediately broken.

He said they were not sold by the Kingdom Church and neither he nor the church claimed to cure the virus.

He later said he sold the oils through “Bishop Climate Ministries”.

However, a separate investigation by undercover journalists, who bought the oil from the Kingdom Church, revealed that people acting on its behalf claimed it could cure coronavirus.

People answering the phone on behalf of Bishop Climate Ministries said the oil could provide “corona protection” and had cured at least 10 symptomatic people.

A woman on the phone, who went by the name of Minister Sharon, said the oil meant we could go ‘close to people’, but reminded the caller of government advice on social distancing.

She said that “when you have this oil you are very protected” and that the user “shouldn’t be able to get it from anyone or give it to anyone”.

She told the caller, who claimed to work in construction, that the oil allowed people to be close to each other indoors at work, that she was cured after being tested herself positive and that sniffing the oil would eliminate the need to go to the hospital. .

After the April 29, 2020 undercover investigation, he denied that he or any of his associates misled anyone.

Despite this, he still claimed that his oil worked, that it healed the nation he was obligated to “as a prophet” and someone “whom God had used…in miracles.”

Information about the oils was still found online when Trade Standards was probed again in January 2021.

Wiseman, of Camberwell, appeared in the dock wearing the regalia of a bishop and showed little emotion as the case against him was read.

Richard Heller, for the prosecution, told jurors the case goes back to “a time that I imagine most of us would rather forget.”

He added: “The defendant may seek to portray this trial as a challenge to his right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion, but I want to make it clear at the outset that this is not the case.

“There is no doubt that the defendant presents himself as having strong opinions.

“He also presents himself as a vessel of God’s will and a miracle worker.

“This trial is not about his right to hold or practice these beliefs.

“The right to freedom of religion, which we all enjoy, does not allow a person to make false claims by taking money for a product that is simply not capable of doing what you claim.

“To suggest, as the accused could do, that the way in which religion is practiced cannot come into conflict with the criminal law, is to misunderstand its scope.

“To be clear, the prosecution asserts that the promotion of the oil sold by the defendant, under whatever name he chose to give it, was little more than exploitative business expediency disguised as an article of faith.

“The assertions made both by the defendant and on his behalf cannot be true.

“Whatever the defendant’s beliefs, that does not give him the right to sell fake cures for deadly diseases.

“He is not above the law and his faith is not exempt from its taboos.

“This case is not about the question of how one should exercise faith, how one should pray or what divine power one should pray to.

“This is an exhortation to use a product that has literally no medicinal value which had to be purchased at a high price and which was not capable of doing what the defendant and his spokespersons claimed it could.”

The court heard that a disclaimer was later added to his blog where he said the oil had nothing to do with the Kingdom Church and another was added to videos where he said he never claimed he could cure people with the disease.

He also claims that he did not profit from the kits.

No coronavirus treatment was approved by UK medical regulators until June 2020 and only a handful of vaccines and drugs are in use today.

Bishop Wiseman denies all three counts.

The trial is continuing and is expected to last until the middle of next week.

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