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Murder suspect ‘Jowie’ Irungu freed on Sh2mn cash bail after 16 months in jail

Irungu also known as Jowie was initially declined bail on October 30, 2018, Justice James Wakiaga at the time freeing now ex-fiancé and television journalist Jacque Maribe on bail /CFM-FILE.

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 13 – Joseph Irungu, a key suspect in the murder case of businesswoman Monica Kimani was Thursday freed on a Sh2 million cash bail, the High Court allowing his renewed application for bail after two failed attempts.

Irungu also known as Jowie was initially denied bail on October 30, 2018, Justice James Wakiaga at the time freeing now ex-fiancé and television journalist Jacque Maribe on a Sh2 million bail.

The judge cited the possibility of Jowie absconding future appearances and lack of a known physical address.

“The picture that emerges from the Prosecution’s evidence and the pre-bail report of the first accused (Irungu) is that he is a male version of a slay queen which for lack of better terminology I will call a woman eater,” Justice Wakiaga said at the time.

“He was living in the house of the second accused (Maribe), driving her car with no known source of income since 2017 when he provided security to some Jubilee Party politicians,” the judge went on to explain.

In his ruling on Wednesday however, Justice Wakiaga said no compelling reasons had been given to deny him bail adding that all the key witnesses had testified.

READ: “Slay queen” murder suspect denied bail; judge cites inexistence of known address

While allowing his application the judge cautioned the suspect against commenting about the case while out on bail.

Maribe and Irungu were charged on October 15 (2018) before Justice Jessie Lessit with the murder of Monica Kimani, a businesswoman found dead at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani on September 19.

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She had just returned from Juba, South Sudan.

Justice Lessit had referred the matter to Justice Wakiaga who heard bail applications by the two on October 24.

The Lady Justice had prior to charging Maribe ordered a mental assessment on the journalist when she was first arraigned before her court on October 12 after preliminary  investigations into Kimani’s murder.

Maribe had been arraigned before the court having been arrested on September 29 during a routine questioning by detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

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