Embattled Jamaican born American evangelist, Paul Lewis, is breathing a sigh of relief as only hours after being taken back into custody, a High Court judge on Wednesday afternoon dismissed an application by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) to keep in him custody.
Appeal Court judge, Justice Dennis Morrison, ruled that prosecutors had failed to file a timely objection to bail offered to the preacher, when he was slapped with a charge of perverting the course of justice, last week.
The DPP had applied to the judge to revoke the preacher's bail, claiming he violated the conditions of his bail.
Reverend Lewis was charged, last year, with sexually assaulting an underage girl, however additional charges of perverting the course of justice were laid against him last week, after he was accused of paying off two witnesses to change their testimonies.
He was offered fresh bail by the presiding magistrate, but the DPP argued that he should have been remanded in custody. But Justice Morrison ruled that the prosecutors should have raised their objection to bail while the magistrate was sitting on the bench.
The attorneys for Reverend Lewis had argued that the prosecutors raised their objections only after the judge had offered bail and adjourned court for the day.
Wednesday’s ruling means that the preacher can take up his bail until his trial.
Pastor Lewis, who is the head of the Paul Lewis Ministries, was charged on June 17, last year, following allegations that he had sex with a minor at a hotel in Westmoreland and made advances towards another. He's scheduled to return to the Westmoreland Circuit Court on
Monday, when the trial resumes.