Jacque Maribe and Joe Irungu appeared in court today. The two were in the docks to find out whether they will be given bail.
The two are in court because they are co-accused in the murder of Monica Kimani which happened on September 19th last this year.
The two appeared before Justice James Wakiaga to deliberate on whether they would receive bail. Don’t forget that today another prominent Kenyan, Okoth Obado had already been granted bail by Justice Jessie Lessitt.
His bail requirements were tough with the judge setting bail at 5 million shillings with severe limitations on his movement.
She was dressed in a black top and a blue dress as she appeared in court. Jowie himself had gotten a shave and was looking much better than he had on his last visit. Now onto the serious stuff.
The two were charged afresh after the prosecution asked to amend the charge sheet. Justice Wakiaga allowed their application. The two have denied the charges of killing Monica Kimani.
The court has adjourned the bail application hearing for 10 minutes to allow the defence lawyers to go through the pre-bail report for the two accused persons filed in court by the probation officer.
The lawyers for Jacque Maribe asked that each application for bail should be assessed independently and separately making meaning that Jacque and Jowie’s bail application should be evaluated individually.
The prosecution asked that Maribe’s bond application be thoroughly considered because as a public personality, she may be able to use her job as an anchor to influence or intimidate. Paraphrasing the prosecutor:
Would someone (a witness) who sees Jacque reading the news daily be intimidated/influenced by her on news everyday?
Journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé, Joseph Irungu will remain in custody until Tuesday October 30th when the court will rule on their bail application.
The court will also rule whether she will be able to anchor news if released on bond on that day.