Sydney cult leader found dead
Sydney Morning Herald, Australia
July 25, 2007
The leader and co-founder of a Sydney based healing cult facing trial on
multiple alleged sex abuse offences against two 12-year-old Sydney girls was
found dead today.
Police will not reveal the circumstances in which Kenneth Emmanuel Dyers, 85,
the founder of Kenja Communications died or where his body was found.
Police from Sutherland and forensic officers were called to his home in Crammond
Avenue, Bundeena, earlier today.
Sutherland Police have declined to comment on the death as detectives prepare a
report for the State Coroner.
The official website for Kenja Communication today shows a statement that says:
“This is a tragic day for Australia and for the human spirit. Ken Dyers took his
own life today. He was 85, an ex-combat soldier who fought at El Alamein and Lae
and Finschhafen. Ken had been suffering serious ill-health. There has been a
relentless attack on Ken and Kenja for over 20 years. This attack was launched
by spurious, so-called anti-cult groups, some politicians and individuals with
criminal intentions, who have fabricated false allegations of child sexual abuse
against him. To this day there has been no conviction against Ken Dyers, and all
allegations were rejected by the courts.” […]
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Research resources on Kenja Communication His death comes as a trial in the
Sydney District Court was deferred pending a decision by the Mental Health
Tribunal as to whether he was fit to plead.
He faced 22 charges of aggravated indecent and sexual assault upon two
Dyers, who had been on bail, had been contesting the charges since his arrest by
officers from the Child Protection and Serious Sex Crimes Squad in October 2005
after a long-running investigation by Strike Force Caroola.
When he was first charged on October 28, 2005, his lawyer Harland Koops told
Sutherland Local Court that he could not have sexually assaulted the girls at
Kenja’s Surry Hills offices between December 2001 and July 2002 because he
suffered erectile dysfunction for 15 years.
The charges included four counts of aggravated indecent assault in relation to
one victim, as well as a further 17 counts of aggravated indecent assault and
one of aggravated sexual assault relating to the second girl.
Throughout successive court appearances Dyers’s wife and Kenja co-founder, the
former actress Jan Hamilton, and followers have maintained his innocence.
Police alleged in evidence presented during his committal the offences took
place during one-on-one “energy conversion sessions” inside the Kenja office
designed to assist in clearing negative energies.
His followers have claimed he has been the victim of a campaign to destroy him
by “bitter and disaffected” former followers.
This included Dyers defeating in the High Court a previous unrelated sexual
assault allegation levelled against him in 1993.
Dyers and Ms Hamilton founded Kenja in 1982 preaching the positive power of a
form of meditation called energy conversion.
Among those who undertook a course was Cornelia Rau, the former airline steward
woman wrongly detained at Baxter Detention Centre, who attended Kenja workshops
While on bail Dyers has been treated for a series of illnesses including a
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