• High Court judge Grace Nzioka will deliver her ruling today.

Jowie Irungu with Jaqcue Maribe.
Image: The-Star

Former Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe and ex-lover Joseph Irungu ‘Jowie’ will today know whether they have a case to answer in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

High Court judge Grace Nzioka will deliver her ruling today. In December last year, the two urged the court to acquit them in a case for lack of evidence.

In their final submissions, the two through their defence lawyers led by Prof Hassan Nandwa told trial judge Grace Nzioka they were maliciously charged with murder.

Maribe and Jowie denied killing Monica,  instead claiming that she might have been killed by an unknown man at her house on a fateful night in 2018.

Nandwa referred the court to a testimony by one of the prosecution witnesses who told the court that he found the DNA of an unknown male in Monica’s house.

The court heard that Maribe did not know Monica and that she never participated in the killing of the deceased as claimed by the Prosecution.

But the Prosecution led by Assistant DPP Gikui Gichuhi dismissed their statements, saying the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt that the two jointly and severally murdered the deceased.

“We urge the court to place Jowie and Maribe on their defence as the prosecution has discharged its burden of proof in respect of each accused person and the Court should hold that they have a case to answer,” said the prosecutor. 

Gichuhi said all events leading to the murder and subsequent “lies” made up by Maribe to the police show that she planned with Jowie to kill Monica.

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