Monica murder: Maribe, Jowie plead not guilty

TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu have pleaded not guilty of murdering Monica Kimani on September 19, 2018 in Nairobi.

The two will however spend more days in remand pending a bail mention this Wednesday.

Appearing before high court judge Jesse Lessit, the couple’s hopes of being released were dashed after the judge ordered their continued remand until Wednesday when their bail application will come up for mention.

Their lawyers are calling for the fast tracking of the mention and setting of a date for hearing their bail application citing the long period the accused have spent in police custody.

Irungu’s legal team is also requesting for better medical attention for their client who is still suffering from the effects of what is believed to be a gunshot wound, which has allegedly  caused is left arm to go numb.

High Court judge Jessie Lesiit last week ordered the two be remanded until Monday for plea taking to allow Ms Maribe undergo a mental test.

On Friday, Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen said Maribe had been certified fit to stand trial.

The lawyer told journalists that the anchor underwent a mental assessment at Mathari Hospital on Thursday.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered the two to be charged with the murder of Monica.

The Judge also directed that the key suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie be taken to Kenyatta National Hospital for treatment after his lawyer Cliff Ombeta told the court that his client needed medical treatment for a bullet wound sustained during an alleged attempted suicide.

Maribe has been implicated in the murder by her conduct and association with Jowie, who is the prime suspect.

Monica, 28, was killed in her apartment at Lamuria Gardens in Kilimani on September 19, a day after she arrived from Juba.


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