Joseph Irungu ‘Jowie’ and Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe’s murder case has been pushed to Monday, October 15, when they take pleas.
The duo was on Tuesday charged with the murder of South Sudan-based businesswoman Monica Kimani at her Nairobi apartment. Until then, Maribe is remanded at Lang’ata Women’s Prison and Irungu at Industrial Area Prison, Nairobi.
Justice Jessie Lessit ordered that Irungu receives medical treatment for a wound in his chest sustained when he was shot outside Maribe’s house in Lang’ata, Nairobi. Sitting next to each other in the dock, Jowie chewed gum while Maribe set her eyes away from her would-be husband. Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen urged the judge to allow plea taking and stop further delays.
Justice Lessit ordered that the plea be taken on Monday. Kigen was opposed to the mental check up for Maribe, but Justice Lessit was firm that it is mandatory. Irungu has been examined and declared fit to stand trial. After the judge rejected his plea, Kigen wanted the mental examination done today but Justice Lessit told him the matter usually takes two weeks but was being fast-tracked to one.
On Tuesday the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji ordered that Maribe and Jowie be charged with the murder of Monica. In a statement, Mr Haji said he had independently reviewed the evidence on record and found there was evidence to warrant the charges. READ MORE
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