The family of murder suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, has cried foul after he was moved from Kamiti Maximum Prison to Manyani.
Manyani Prison is in Taita Taveta County.
Jowie has been at Kamiti Maximu Prison since 2018 after he was arrested in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani.
He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang’ata Police Station.
Joseph Irungu alias Jowie’s family members broke down in court on Tuesday as he is was denied bail.
Jowie has remained behind bars during the trial period.
Justice James Wakiaga said he agreed with the prosecutor that Jowie is a man with access to guns and therefore witnesses would be afraid to testify against such a person.
Below are reasons why Jowie was denied bail.
1 He might interfere with the case.
2. He is a threat to himself.
“THE FIRST ACCUSED IS NURSING A GUNSHOT WOUND WHICH ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION IS SELF INFLICTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE.
BUT ACCORDING TO THE ACCUSED IT IS AS A RESULT OF AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AFTER HE WAS SHOT AT.
WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT THE ACCUSED PERSON IS UNDER THREAT OF DANGER AND SHOULD BE UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION AND THAT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED UNDER PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WHERE EFFECTIVE POLICING IS POSSIBLE.”
3. He has no permanent residence given the fact that Jacque Maribe’s house is now a crime scene so the court fears he might be a flight risk in layman’s language anaweza potea.
4. He is a dangerous person for the fact that he owns a gun and some potential witnesses might feel intimidated.
5. There was no tabled evidence to show that Jowie could not be able to access specialized medical attention.
He had submitted that he was in need of specialized medical attention thus he be granted bail.