NAIROBI Kenya, Oct 1 – Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe will be held for 10 more days following an application by the prosecution to allow detectives conclude their investigations, including taking her DNA samples to be subjected to forensic examination.
Maribe, who will be detained at Gigiri Police Station, was arrested over the murder of Monica Kimani in her Kilimani apartment. The victim was found with her throat slit.
The prosecution had applied to detain Maribe for 14 more days when she appeared before a Kiambu court on Monday, arguing that if released, she is likely to interfere with the ongoing probe.
Police are set to probe Maribe’s colleagues and friends according to the lead investigator, Inspector Maxwell Otieno.
Senior Deputy Director of Public Prosecution Cynthia Nyamosi told the court that the journalist’s case was “very serious” since she was being investigated “for several criminal offences including murder to contrary to Section 203 read with Section 204 of the Penal Code, possession of ammunition without a firearms certificate contrary to Section 4(2)(a) of the Firearms Act, among others.”
Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku ruled that Maribe should be granted access to her lawyers and should only record statements in their presence.
He also directed that her safety should be guaranteed while she is in custody.
Through her lawyer Katwa Kigen, the journalists said while in police custody, detectives “planted people inside the cell to extract information from her.”
Kigen had objected to the application saying the court should only allow her to be held until Wednesday if need be.
Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the prime suspect in the murder who is also in police custody, is Maribe’s fiancé.
Detectives say Jowie used Maribe’s Toyota Allion on the night when Monica was murdered.
The car’s movements were traced to the scene of the crime using CCTVs and mobile data retrieved from telcos.
At the gate of the Kilimani apartment, Jowie did not give his correct name and also gave a fake ID card.
Jowie was arrested days later following clues from a courier who found him with Monica in the house and police have since said he was in the house after analysing his phone records and his movements on the day.
He has a gundshot wound below his shoulder which he claimed was a result of an attack in Lang’ata, which is also subject of investigations.
It turns out that Irungu shot himself inside Maribe’s house after which they handed over the firearm to her neighbour, Brian Kassaine.
The firearm belongs to Kassaine and was found hidden in the ceiling of his house. None of them is a licensed gun holder.
Jacque is reported to have told police earlier that she had seen Jowie with a gun previously but did not provide it when asked to, until a search was conducted in her house and two neighbouring houses.
Detectives also found a live 9mm bullet in Maribe’s house.
Among the items set to be subjected to forensic examination by the Government Chemist include her phone, shoes and several pieces of clothing.
In his affidavit, the lead investigator in the case Inspector Maxwell Otieno says, “it is believed that it (phone) contains evidential material in relation to the case.”
Maribe’s car was last week dusted for evidence and samples have since been taken to the Government Chemist for analysis.