Followers hit back over suicide of Kenja cult leader
Border Mail, Australia
July 27, 2007
The followers of a cult leader who took his own life have blamed his death
on those who pursued him over child sex charges.
Kenneth Emmanuel Dyers, co-founder of the so-called spiritual healing group
Kenja, "took his own life" on Wednesday, the group's website said.
The body of the 85-year-old was found with a gunshot wound to the head about
11am at his Bundeena home in Sydney.
The Kenja website said Dyers had been suffering "serious ill-health".
Police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
The World War II veteran was last year committed to stand trial on 22 child
offences, but the NSW District Court deemed him unfit for trial in May and
ordered a mental health assessment.
He allegedly assaulted two 12-year-old girls at Kenja's offices in Surry
between December, 2001, and July, 2002.
During his trademark one-to-one meditations, described as "energy conversion
sessions", Dyers allegedly took the girls into private rooms, ordered them
strip and molested them.
Similar claims of sexual abuse dated back more than 20 years, each relating
naked "processing sessions".
Convicted in 1999 of abusing young girls as young as 11 years old, he was
cleared in a successful High Court appeal in 2002.
Kenja members have blamed Dyers' apparent suicide on the effect of more than
decades in court.
"Those who have participated in the attacks on Ken should feel a terrible
for their responsibility in this," said a statement on the website.
- Australian Readers seeking support and information about suicide
can contact Lifeline on 13 11 14 or SANE Helpline on 1800 18 SANE (7263).
- Suicide Hotlines throughout the world
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