NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 24 – The bail application for the murder case against Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie in which they are charged with the murder of Monica Kimani is set to be heard on Wednesday.
High Court Judge James Wakiaga set the hearing after the two who have been in custody entered a not guilty plea last week.
Justice Wakiaga also directed that probation officers should prepare and submit a social inquiry report before the hearing and that Jowie should be treated at the Kenyatta National Hospital.
Maribe has since distanced herself from Jowie, after she stated that she was just his lover at the time the crime is said to have been committed.
She wondered why she had been charged with Monica’s murder seemingly because she was in a romantic relationship with him.
According to Maribe, the only reason she was standing trial for the murder was because she was in a love relationship with a person the prosecution have an interest in allowed him to come live in her house, and gave him access to her car.
She stated that the prosecution had neither witness accounts nor forensic material associating her either directly or indirectly with the murder of Monica, a person she insisted she had no knowledge of.
In her affidavit, Maribe pleaded for her admission to bail on reasonable grounds as provided for in Article 49 (h) praying that the cash bail amount be set at an amount not exceeding Sh350,000 with a similar surety.
The Citizen Television news anchor denied knowledge of Irungu’s whereabouts on the night of September 19 when he is said to have allegedly murdered Monica at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani.
A General Service Unit Officer attached to the US embassy Jennings Orlando Odhiambo has also been arrested over the murder after police said he is the suspect seen on CCTV surveillance cameras with Jowie when they drove into Lamuria gardens apartments where Monica lived.
They are believed to have committed the murder jointly.