2 SICK SEX AS­SAULTS

DA: Brook­lyn man posed as spir­i­tual healer to lure vics

New York Daily News - - NEWS - BY MARCO POG­GIO, WES­LEY PAR­NELL AND NANCY DIL­LON

A self-pro­claimed spir­i­tual healer lured two women to creepy pri­vate cer­e­monies in Brook­lyn, where he knocked them out with an al­co­holtast­ing liq­uid and raped them, pros­e­cu­tors al­leged Wed­nes­day.

Nigel Kennedy, 51, was ar­raigned on a 13-count in­dict­ment in Brook­lyn Supreme Court that charged him with in­ca­pac­i­tat­ing and rap­ing two women dur­ing at­tacks in Au­gust 2016 and May 2018. He pleaded not guilty. Dur­ing the May 16 at­tack, Kennedy al­legedly am­bushed a 28-year-old woman dur­ing what she thought would be a spir­i­tual read­ing at his home in East Flat­bush.

Kennedy blew smoke in the woman’s face and poured a sub­stance that tasted like al­co­hol into her mouth, caus­ing her to vomit and pass out, pros­e­cu­tors say.

When the woman even­tu­ally woke up, her pants were miss­ing and Kennedy was hav­ing in­ter­course with her, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The vic­tim tried to push Kennedy off and told him to stop. “Re­lax, it’s part of the rit­ual,” Kennedy told her, ac­cord­ing to pros­e­cu­tors.

On Aug. 30, 2016, Kennedy al­legedly lured a 42-year-old woman to an­other apart­ment in East Flat­bush for what she thought would be a re­li­gious cer­e­mony.

Kennedy started speak­ing in tongues and poured a clear liq­uid that tasted like al­co­hol into the woman’s mouth, caus­ing her to lose con­scious­ness, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The vic­tim told au­thor­i­ties she woke up at one point and felt some­one on top of her but was un­able to move and then passed out again.

When she even­tu­ally woke up at 5 a.m. the next day, naked on a bed, Kennedy claimed he didn’t know what hap­pened to her clothes, pros­e­cu­tors said.

The woman left the apart­ment and suf­fered from nau­sea, vom­it­ing and dizzi­ness through­out the day.

Both vic­tims went to hos­pi­tals af­ter the rapes and DNA re­cov­ered from both women matched to Kennedy, pros­e­cu­tors said.

Kennedy was ar­rested Sept. 7 af­ter ar­riv­ing at Kennedy Air­port from Trinidad.

“We al­lege that this de­fen­dant is a sex­ual preda­tor who used his re­li­gious stature to lure women, then drugged and raped them,” Brook­lyn Dis­trict At­tor­ney Eric Gon­za­lez said in a state­ment. “We will now seek to hold him ac­count­able for th­ese de­spi­ca­ble al­leged acts.”

Gon­za­lez en­cour­aged other pos­si­ble vic­tims to con­tact the DA’s Ac­tion Cen­ter at (718) 250-2340.

Dur­ing the ar­raign­ment Wed­nes­day, As­sis­tant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Gwen Barnes said Kennedy met both of his al­leged vic­tims at a re­li­gious store he owned in the neigh­bor­hood.

Barnes asked that Kennedy’s bail be in­creased to $150,000.

De­fense at­tor­ney Christo­pher Perks ar­gued Kennedy was not a flight risk.

“He never missed a court date. He dropped ev­ery­thing he had to do to­day to re­spect his com­mit­ment,” Perks said.

Judge Wil­liam Miller kept Kennedy’s bail at $35,000, which Kennedy pre­vi­ously posted.

“Th­ese are ob­vi­ously very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions. Very, very se­ri­ous cases,” Miller said. “Stay away from com­plainants, but to­day I’m not go­ing to in­crease your bail.”

Kennedy left the court­room af­ter the hear­ing and de­clined to speak with the Daily News.

A woman re­turned a call placed to one of his num­bers af­ter the ar­raign­ment and screamed anti-gay ob­scen­i­ties at a News re­porter while de­mand­ing to know who was tak­ing pho­tos of Kennedy out­side the court­house.

“How dare you? How dare you?” the woman, who de­clined to give her name, said. “Are you try­ing to de­stroy my life? Are you try­ing to make me lose my job?”

She claimed “noth­ing hap­pened to­day in court. Noth­ing hap­pened.”

Neigh­bor­ing shop­keep­ers said Kennedy’s now-shut­tered shop had a black screen with can­dles in front and smelled of in­cense.

“He was a nice guy and was al­ways nice to me,” one shop­keeper said, ask­ing to re­main anony­mous.

Kennedy was or­dered to re­turn to court Dec. 11.

Nigel Kennedy leaves Brook­lyn court Wed­nes­day af­ter be­ing charged in the rape of two women.

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