Maribe, Jowie murder trial kicks off

The trial of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani starts Tuesday before High Court Judge James Wakiaga in Nairobi.

Journalist Jacque Maribe and her ex-fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie are accused of murdering Monica in September last year at her Lamuria Apartments in Kilimani estate.

They were charged with murder on October 15, 2018. Maribe was released on bond but Irungu remained in remand prison.

The duo denied murdering the businesswoman but the prosecution has lined up 32 witnesses, who include five experts.

The prosecution will also produce photographs among other digital evidence to prove their case.

Last week, the High Court dismissed bail review application by Jowie. Justice James Wakiaga ruled that despite the application being premature, the reasons advanced by Jowie were not enough to warrant his release on bail.

Prosecution through Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions (SADPP) Catherine Mwaniki opposed the application saying there were no new grounds tendered to compel court to review its order dated 30/10/2018 which resulted to bond denial to Jowie.

The ruling came as the court directed four witnesses under protection to start giving their testimony today (Tuesday) when the trial is set to kick off.

In the application Jowie had pleaded his innocence and sought the court to release him saying he is going to abide by all the conditions set in awarding him the bail.

Meanwhile, the High Court will rule on Wednesday whether the media will be allowed to cover the murder proceedings.

The prosecution sought to bar the media from broadcasting or publishing contents of the murder case, arguing such coverage would put the lives of witnesses in the danger.




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