Legio Maria pastor, 18, accused of defiling and killing minor tells court he's a prophet

for Tv47 Digital November 24, 2022, 12:47 PM
Legio Maria pastor who is facing rape and murder charges claims to be a prophet. TV47
Legio Maria Pastor Raphael Okinyi (pictured) who is facing rape and murder suspect. PHOTO/TV47

In Summary

  • Legio Maria Pastor Raphael Okinyi told court that he has been a prophet from a young age.
  • Okinyi is facing murder and rape charges. 

A pastor who allegedly defiled and murdered a 10-year-old minor caused drama as he was arraigned in court on Wednesday, November 23 afternoon. 

The Legio Maria Church pastor appeared before Homa Bay Principal Magistrate Ruth Maloba but did not take a plea as the police are yet to conclude investigations. 

A prophet from a young age

The suspect shocked people who had attended the court session when he claimed to have possessed the prophesy gift from a young age.

“It is a gift I got at a young age. I was praying at the base of a cross when the Holy Spirit descended upon me," said Raphael Okinyi.

The 18-year-old pastor reportedly sexually assaulted the minor in a maize plantation and later strangled her to death. He then went missing for two weeks and two days.

Law enforcement officers were tipped off by a Legio Maria church member about Okinyi's whereabouts. Police found Okinyi in a Legio Maria church in Suna East, Migori County, where they arrested him.

The minor was discovered by a passerby who took her to Homa Bay County Referral Hospital. She succumbed while receiving treatment. 

If found guilty he risks life imprisonment for murder and defiling a minor below 11 years old. 

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