Maribe, Jowie take plea afresh, bail ruling pushed again

Journalist Jacque Maribe alongside her co-accused Joseph Irungu will spend another six days in custody awaiting a ruling on their bail application set for 30th October.

The couple who have been in custody for close to a month since they were arrested want the court to grant them bail after denying involvement in the murder of Monica Nyawira Kimani.

However, the prosecution maintains they should remain behind bars as they could interfere and intimidate key witnesses due to their association with influential persons.

Appearing before Justice James Wakiaga, Maribe and Irungu were forced to take a fresh plea after the prosecution amended the charge sheet to include other suspects, not before the court in connection with the murder case.

The accused through their lawyers said they are law abiding citizens ready to adhere to the orders of the court if granted bail.

The defense also discredited allegations that the couple is highly connected and could interfere and intimidate witnesses if freed.

However, in its submissions, the prosecution opposed their release arguing that with investigations still underway a key witness who has been identified could be compromised.

The state further adduced that as a result of the nature of his work Joseph Irungu whom they claim has not been cooperating with the police is a flight risk.

Justice Wakiaga ordered the two to be detained at the Industrial Area Prison and Lang’ata Women Prison respectively until 30th October when their bail application will be considered by the court despite a plea for an earlier date by defense lawyers.

Earlier Justice Wakiaga expunged from court records an application by a non-governmental organization dubbed Empowering Africa through Media which sought to be enjoined in the case.

  

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