TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiancee plead not guilty

Citizen TV anchor Jacques Maribe and her fiancée Joseph Irungu alias Jowie at Mlimani Law Courts on Manday, October 15, 2018/COURTESY

Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu alias Jowie have pleaded not guilty to Monica Kimani’s murder.

While appearing in court on Monday the duo denied the charge before Justice Jessie Lessit and said they have no information relating to the murder of Monica Kimani and that they were innocent.

Justice Jessie Lessit directed the prosecutor to serve all the parties involved in the case by the afternoon of Monday and further directed the victim’s family to also file their responses by Tuesday, October 16.

The judge said the date for hearing of bail applications would be known on Wednesday, October 17.

Maribe and Jowie are accused of murdering Monica at an apartment along Dennis Pritt Road.

The slain business woman’s body was found deposited in a bathtub, throat slashed and hands tied to the back.

Jowie was arrested on September 25, being four days after the woman’s body was found.

Maribe and her fiance will remain in custody until Wednesday when the case will be mentioned.

They had applied for bail but Lessit said the application will be heard by a different court.

The defence lawyers argued that the two have been in police custody for 15 days, hence, it would be improper to detain them further.

Katwa Kigen, appearing for Maribe, had asked the court to compel the prosecution to serve them with investigation file exhibits and statements from witnesses.

But the prosecution lawyers, saying they are not opposed to the bid for bail, sought two weeks to conclude their investigations.