Gilbert Deya claims to have helped infertile women conceive
Gilbert Deya claims to have helped infertile women conceive "miracle babies" through prayer (Reuters)

An evangelical preacher who claimed to be able to help infertile couples have "miracle babies" has been charged with a string of sexual assaults.

Gilbert Deya, 61, is accused of three counts of rape and one count of attempted rape on an adult female. He is also charged with one count of sexual assault-by-touching in relation to a 14-year-old girl.

Having appeared before Camberwell magistrates court to face the charges, he has been remanded in custody and is due to return to court on 8 November for a preliminary hearing.

Deya, from south-east London and originally from Kenya, claims that "through the power of prayer and the Lord Jesus" he has helped infertile women give birth.

He previously said he has helped two women in the UK, one of whom allegedly gave birth to three children in less than a year. Both women told how they travelled to Kenya in order to "give birth".

It is not known why Deya - who lost a battle against extradition to Kenya to face kidnapping charges - is still in Britain.

He is also the self-styled archbishop of registered charity Gilbert Deya Ministries, which claims a UK membership of 36,000.