The prosecution has lined up 33 witnesses to testify in the murder trial of TV journalist Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu alias Jowie.

Assistant director of Public Prosecution Catherin Mwaniki said four of the 33 are protected while five are expert witnesses.

Appearing before Justice John Wakiaga on Tuesday, Mwaniki said the prosecution has secured concrete evidence that they will use including photographs and digital records to prove their case.

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The prosecution also asserted that they were objecting to the release of Jowie on grounds that he would interfere with the investigations. Justice Wakiaga will make a ruling on the issue on June 18, 2019.

Jowie was first arraigned in court on September 27, when police were granted ten days to conclude their investigations before they can prefer charges on Jowie who is a fiancé to Citizen TV journalist Jackie Maribe.

Monica was killed in her apartment in Milimani on the night of September 19, on arrival from Juba, South Sudan where she operated their family business and was scheduled to travel to Dubai to meet her South Sudanese fiancée.

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Her body was discovered in a bathtub at her apartment in Lemuria Gardens in Kilimani, with her throat slit. Her hands and legs were also tied when the body was discovered by her brother who had failed to reach her on the phone and decided to visit the house.

Irungu and Maribe were charged on October 15, where they denied committing the offence. Maribe was released on bond while Jowie remained in custody.

The trial will start on June 25, 2019.

The Star/ Akello Odenyo