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 Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe
Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe. FILE PHOTO | NMG 

The High Court has granted Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe a leeway to access her house while the prosecution was given an ultimatum to take her fiancé , Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, for treatment.

Justice James Wakiaga, who is presiding over the murder trial of Monica Kimani, in which the two are co-accused issued the directives when the case came up yesterday.

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Ms Maribe had protested against continued refusal by the prosecution to allow her access to her house, car and phone.

On the other hand, Mr Irungu told court that he had been subjected to torture at the Kamiti Maximum Prison and that he had had a change of heart about his recent request to the court that the judge recuses himself from the case.

However, State lawyer Catherine Mwaniki insisted that the items had been withheld to preserve the crime scene as well as later production as exhibits.

“We’re waiting for a report from the government chemist which is not yet ready,” she said.

But the judge ordered that Ms Maribe be allowed access to to her house Lang’ata Royal Park Estate in Nairobi, which she has continued to pay rent for despite being cordoned as a crime scene.

The court will hear Ms Maribe’s application for contempt on February 28.

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