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TV anchor Jackie Maribe to remain in custody for 11 days

TV journalist Jackie Maribe. Photo/Courtesy

TV journalist Jackie Maribe will be detained for 11 more days at the Gigiri cells as police continue investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani.

Appearing before a Court in Kiambu on Monday, Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku ordered that Maribe should not be coerced to record a statement in the absence of her lawyer and her safety must be guaranteed.

The prosecution had sought to detail her for 14 days citing ballistic examination of the samples that they took from her house and a pending DNA test.

“The general nature of the offence is a serious charge which could be accessory to murder and possession of firearms,” prosecutor Jacinta Nyamosi said.

However, Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen opposed the application saying the court should give a maximum of three days for the prosecution to conclude their probe.

Maribe was arrested on Saturday and taken to Gigiri Police Station where she has been before being arraigned in court.

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti called for her arrest as she was being linked to the murder.

A source privy to the investigations said Maribe was arrested after investigators recovered some documents, among them a wallet and a handbag believed to belong to Monica at her house in Royal Park, Lang’ata.

Police also believe that the Citizen TV anchor knew that her fiancé Joseph Irungu had killed Monicah but failed to report.

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