DPP pushes for court to convict Jowie, Maribe
Office of Director of Public Prosecutions has urged the High Court to find former Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her former lover Jowie Irungu guilty and convict them over the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.
In her submissions, Senior State Prosecutor Gakui Gichuhi told Lady Justice Grace Nzioka taking into account the ingredients of malice aforethought, the court should conclude that the prosecution has successfully established the ingredients of murder.
“My lady the death was unlawful as indicated by all the prosecution witnesses. As per witness testimony, the first accused was placed in the house of the deceased, he was positively identified during the identification parade, the testimony of the eighth prosecution witness described how the first accused was dressed when he accessed Limuria Gardens, and the premeditation of the first accused was well constructed,” said the prosecutor..
“He knew why he went to Limuria Gardens, he lied to his friends and used a forged Identification document to access the premises.”
She said Jowie, todate, has denied knowing the deceased although the deceased’s brother informed the court that he knew her.
The prosecution further told the court that Jowie burnt his clothes to conceal evidence and that the DNA produced in court showed he was present in the deceased’s house on the night she was murdered.
“The first accused carried a gun with him and the gun was discovered in his car, it should be noted that he did not have any gun licence hence we can only presume it was for illegal purposes.”
Regarding Maribe, the prosecution submitted that she was at that time the partner of the first accused and were living together.
The khaki short has a blood stain said to be Monica’s. But Jowie has since denied owning the short saying his was brown in colour similar to his shoes. Gikui said that Maribe was the owner of the vehicle used in the alleged crime.
“She also allowed the gun to be kept in her house yet she had a young child... It should be noted in testimony produced in this court that she lied to the police consistently regarding how the first accused person was injured,” the DPP submitted.
“We submit that the 35 witnesses who testified in this court firmly linked the second accused in the murder and we submit that she be convicted of the murder.”