Murder suspect Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu finally freed on bail

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Beth Nyaga
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Jowie has been in custody for allegedly killing business woman Monica Kimani in September last year

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the key suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani has been released on a Ksh2 million cash bail.

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Justice James Wakiaga has ordered him not to comment on the murder case.

Justice Wakiaga in his ruling noted that the circumstances have already changed, saying witnesses under witness protection had already testified to his case.

The judge further ruled that the strength of the prosecution case is not a ground alone to deny the accused person bail.

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He was also asked to report to the chief every end month.

Jowie has been in custody since September 2018.

The murder trial kicked off last year in June.

Journalist Jacque Maribe and her ex-fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie have been accused of murdering Monica in September 2018 at her Lamuria Apartments in Kilimani estate.

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

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Jowie had previously been denied bail on grounds that reasons advanced were not enough to warrant his release on bail.

His long stay in prison while other murder suspects were being granted bail had caused an uproar on social media.

Some prominent cases that were granted bail include

Sarah Wairimu-Cohen who was released on a Ksh 2 million cash bail was charged with the murder of her Dutch billionaire husband Tob Cohen on the night of July 19 and 20 in Nairobi, a charge that she denied.

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Justice Stella Mutuku said the prosecution failed to prove there were justifiable reasons to keep her in remand.

Migori Governor Zacharia Okoth Obado was also entitled to bond.

He was asked to deposit a cash bail of Ksh5 million with two sureties of the same amount each.

High Court Judge Jessie Lessit ruled that there was circumstantial evidence linking the governor to the murder of Rongo University student Sharon Otieno and her unborn child.

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Jacque Maribe was set free on a cash bail of Ksh1 million or a bond of Ksh2 million.

Maribe is a suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani.

Nairobi lawyer Assa Nyakundi was released on a Ksh300,000 cash bail with an alternative of Ksh1 million surety bond after being arraigned before a Kiambu Court over the murder of his son, Joseph Nyakundi.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was also recently released on a Ksh10 million cash bail in a case where he is accused of shooting Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve at a city club on January 17.

Milimani Chief Magistrate Francis Andayi directed the MP to deposit the cash bail in four instalments of Sh2.5 million each in the next three months to settle Felix Orinda alias DJ Evolve’s medical bill.

 

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