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Monica Kimani murder: Jowie to remain in custody as Maribe freed on bail

Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu during the bail ruling at the Milimani law court on Tuesday, October 30, 2018. /COURTESY

Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe has been released on a Sh1 million cash bail in the Monica Kimani murder case.

She was granted an alternative of a Sh2 million bond or three sureties of a similar amount.

Justice James Wakiaga said Maribe is presumed innocent until proven guilty. He rejected the request of the prosecution to remand Maribe on grounds that she is a person of influence who can interfere with the witnesses.

Justice Wakiaga noted that the prosecution had not satisfactorily demonstrated how Maribe is a flight risk, and that she had co-operated with the court and has shown no signs of intimidating the witnesses.

Her fiance Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, however, will remain in custody for the rest of the murder trial.

Justice James Wakiaga, citing Jowie’s history with guns, said the first accused would pose a risk by creating fear and intimidating witnesses.

The judge, in his ruling on Tuesday, said material placed before the court informed his decision on Jowie’s bail application.

“Being a person with specialised security training, and having handle various guns, he would pose a risk by intimidating witnesses.”

“This court orders that the first accused person remains in custody for the period of his trial and must be accorded proper treatment,” Wakiaga ordered.

The judge cited grounds that the “prosecution had positively placed Jowi at the murder scene in an attempt to tamper with evidence.”

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He further cited the prosecution’s argument that Jowi had a self-inflicted a wound on himself by attempting to commit suicide.

Jowie had argued that his life is in danger and needed protective custody under proper police supervision.

For Maribe, Wakiaga said the prosecution had not given compelling reasons as to why she should be denied bail.

The anchor, in her affidavit, swore that the relationship she had with Jowie was a thing of the past.

Last week, they denied charges after they were charged afresh over the murder of the 29-year-old businesswoman.

Among conditions for bail, the judge held that Maribe shall not read news for the period of the hearing.

She was also barred from presenting news related to the case or conducting interviews with any of the parties in the murder case.

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