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Maribe, Jowie to know their fate today in the Monica Kimani murder charge

Former TV presenter Jacque Maribe and her former fiance Joseph Irungu alias Jowie will this morning know their fate in the murder of businesswoman Monicah Kimani who was killed more than five years ago.

The 28-year-old- woman was murdered in her Lamuria Garden apartment in the Kilimani area, on the night of September 19, 2018, after arriving in the country from South Sudan.

The former lovebirds were put on their defense by trial judge Grace Nzioka after hearing evidence from more than 35 witnesses.

The duo were charged on October 15, 2018, with the murder of 28-year-old Ms Kimani.

Although the defence lawyers argued that there was no evidence linking them to the commission of the crime, the prosecution maintained that the two had a common intention and ‘acted in concert to eliminate the deceased’

The prosecution added that Maribe made no attempt to disassociate herself from the actions of Jowie and instead assisted him in destroying the evidence.

If found guilty of murder, the two could be sentenced to death, jailed for the rest of their lives, or slapped with prison terms.

Kimani had arrived in the country from South Sudan and was picked up by a taxi driver who dropped her at her apartment in the late evening. She later called her brother George Kimani to inform her of her arrival.

She was due to travel to Dubai on September 20 that year to meet a Nasser Mohammed, a Sudanese businessman.

Ms Kimani was running a family business in South Sudan where she was allegedly earning a monthly salary of $2,500.

Mr Irungu later visited her in her apartment.

Her brother George Kimani visited her house after she failed to respond to his calls.

He and neighbours broke into the house to find her lifeless body lying in a bathtub. Her hands and legs had been tied and her mouth taped shut. Her killers left the water running.

When they were charged, Justice John Wakiaga released Ms Maribe on bond but declined Mr Irungu’s request saying he was a flight risk, and had no fixed home, among other reasons.

“The accused has no known assets in the country save for an intention to set up a private security firm and, therefore, I find him to be with no fixed abode, lacking any deep emotional, occupation or economic ties in the country and is likely to abscond should an opportunity arise,” the Judge said.

Justice Wakiaga said the mere fact that Mr Irungu was willing to surrender his passport was no guarantee that he could not leave the country.

He was freed on bond after two other attempts and spent some time in remand.

The judgment has been postponed on two occasions.

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