The trial of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani will today go into its second day.
It is said to last three days after the suspects – Jacque Maribe and Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu – took fresh pleas. The prosecution amended Irungu’s name to include an alias, Harun.
Initially, the charge sheet only had Joseph Irungu alias Jowie. Yesterday, the two denied killing Monica at her Lamuria Gardens house on September 19, last year.
The prosecution has new evidence that could link TV personality Jacque to Monica’s murder.
Scene of crime police officer Jennifer Sirwa showed the court pictures, among them that of a briefcase packed with bullets found in the ceiling, taken in Maribe’s apartment at Royal Park, Lang’ata.
The briefcase was wrapped in a plastic bag. It had bullets and spent cartridges wrapped in a white paper. There were also two empty magazines.
Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki opened the hearing before High Court Judge James Wakiaga by saying who Monica was.
Jacque’s lawyer Katwa Kigen objected, stating that it was not important for the court to know who Monica was as the issue was to find out if the accused were guilty.
“Whether she was a beauty or not is not the issue here, the issue is about whether or not the accused are culpable,” Kigen said.
He complained that the introduction was designed to highlight that the accused are guilty.
“It doesn’t require that the court gets to know what kind of person was killed. The line that the DPP has taken is a waste of resources.”
Justice Wakiaga agreed with the defence and asked Mwaniki, “Do you do this to every witness or is it just Monica?”
The prosecution has lined up 33 witnesses.
“Life is sacrosanct. We shall also prove that; there was an attempted cover-up from both accused. That at the time of the incident, there wasn’t a provoked fight, therefore no self-defence and that the two accused can be deemed as principal offenders,” Mwaniki said.
Monica was born on October 12, 1990. She attended Stepping Stone Academy before joining Kaari Secondary School and later Kenya Polytechnic for International Relations studies.
– The Star