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Jaque Maribe, Jowie have a case to answer over Monica Kimani’s death, stare at long jail terms – Kenya Satellite News Network



Jaque Maribe, Jowie have a case to answer over Monica Kimani’s death, stare at long jail terms – Kenya Satellite News Network

Former Citizen TV Journalist Jacqueline Maribe and her ex-boyfriend Joseph Irungu (alias Jowie) have a case to answer over the murder of Monica Kimani, the High Court in Nairobi has found.

Presiding judge  Grace Nzioka on Wednesday said the prosecution had established a prima facie case to warrant putting Jowie and Maribe on their defence which puts the ex-lovers at risk of getting the maximum death penalty should they fail to adequately defend themselves.

“I have had the benefit of going through the evidence and submissions and the court is satisfied that the prosecution has established a prima facie case to place each of the accused persons on their defence,” ruled Nzioka.

Following the latest development, Jowie and Maribe will now have an opportunity to bring their counter evidence and witnesses to prove their innocence over the murder of Ms Kimani before the judge determines whether to sentence them or not.

Lawyer Hassan Nandwa, who represented  Jowie,  told the court that his client will submit a sworn affidavit and call one witness while Maribe said she would call six witnesses in her defence later in May this year when the matter will be heard.

Ms Kimani was murdered on the night of September 19, 2018, at her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi County just hours after she returned from a business trip to South Sudan.

The prosecution’s position has been that that Jowie and Maribe had a common intention to murder the businesswoman after which they hatched an elaborate plan to cover up the killing before investigators caught up with them.

This comes after the last witness in the trial, Chief Investigating Officer Maxwell Otieno, in June 2022 placed Jowie – the first accused – at the scene of the crime in Lamuria Gardens on the night Monica is alleged to have been murdered.

The witness, who took the court through items collected during the investigations and submitted them as exhibits, told the court that Jowie and Maribe jointly murdered the 29-year-old Jubabased businesswoman in September 2018.

Officer Otieno said that through forensic analysis exhibited in call data, Jowie was captured leaving the scene of the murder at 2335 hours; this was confirmed by Jowie’s friend Jennings Orlando.

According to eyewitness accounts, Jowie was also the last known person to be with the deceased before her death.

The witness told the court that the two accused persons gave contradicting statements to investigating teams in relation to Jowie’s injuries at  Maribe’s house in Royal Park Estate.

The two claimed Jowie had been attacked by thugs but investigating officers proved that the injuries were self inflicted using a neighbour’s firearm.

The prosecution displayed items collected in the duration of the investigation and submitted them as exhibits.

Maribe was a tv star prior to Ms Kimani’s death and Jowie was at one time worked for a security contractor.

The court has scheduled the defence hearing for May 11 and 12, 2023.

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