TV news anchor Jacque Maribe’s fiancé Joseph Kuria, alias Jowie, will be detained for 10 days at Muthaiga police station, a Kiambu court has said.
This is to allow the DCI to complete investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani before Jowie is charged.
The investigation officers told the court that it wanted more time since officers need to go to South Sudan to interview witnesses.
Senior principal magistrate Stella Atambo yesterday agreed to Kuria’s request to be taken to hospital as he had injuries due to a gunshot wound. Earlier, Jowie’s lawyers urged the Kiambu law court not to allow an application by the investigating officers to have the suspect remanded for 14 days, saying the respondent has a bullet wound which needs to be attended to.
Lawyers Samson Nyamberi, Mugambi Laichana and Lawrence Mbambu told the court since being arrested, Kuria has not been allowed to see any doctor or receive medicine. Mugambi told the court that they need four days for the respondent to receive treatment before the court hears the application.
Mbambu asked the court to review the matter after four days. The prosecution, led by Christine Mbevi, said that the respondent is only a suspect and was not taking plea yesterday and the application being made will also cater for him to get medical attention.
The magistrate later Atambo allowed the investigating officer from DCI Maxwell Otieno to make his application to have the court grant 14 days to complete investigations.
The investigation office said it needs some samples from the suspect to establish whether he was at the scene of crime and also requires mobile phone data.
Prosecutor Jecinta Nyamosi told the court the wound the suspect has are part of the investigations. She said;
We are not fishing since investigations are not about collecting information. We need the help of other agencies to verify some information. We are sensitive to the suspect’s injuries and the injuries are part of the investigations.
Laichana said detaining a person with injuries was violating his rights.