Paul Mukendi, the renowned Congolese Pastor of Parole de Vie evangelical church in Quebec, Canada has been found guilty of nine counts related to sexual assault and abuse at Quebec City’s Palais de justice.
The plaintiff, a 31-year-old woman, accused Mukendi of s-xually assaulting her for a period of 14 years, from 2002 to 2016.
According to the plaintiff, when she was 14, her mother “gave her as an offering” to the pastor, who repeatedly engaged in s-xual relations with her.
Conversely, the defence claims the victim is “motivated by financial gain” and fabricated the entire story.
Mukendi’s trial began on June 4. The pastor was found guilty by a jury of four women and seven men. The jurors had been sequestered for five days; during this time, other women came forward with their own claims about being s-xually abused by Mukendi.
While Mukendi’s lawyer requested that he be released pending his sentence, Judge Jean-François Émond opted for immediate detention.
Mukendi’s sentencing is scheduled to take place in September. After the conviction, the defence announced its intention to appeal the jury’s decision.