Witness: Jowie shot himself on the night Monica was killed
Murder suspect Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, shot himself in the chest using a borrowed firearm, the High Court heard yesterday.
Prosecution witness, Eswari Njoki ,who is attached to Interpol, told trial judge Grace Nzioka that she recorded a statement from one Brian Kasaine, a licensed firearm holder, who stated that Jowie had shot himself using a gun he had lent him.
The witness told the court that Jowie had reported at the Langata Police Station on September 21, 2018 that he had been attacked by three armed men who shot him in the chest.
She told the court that a team of detectives from the Kilimani DCI office visited the Langata Police Station and interrogated Kasaine.
“During the interview, Brian confirmed to us that Jowie borrowed his firearm and later shot himself,” the officer said.
Njoki also told the court that she recorded a statement from Jowie’s fiancé, television personality Jacque Maribe.
Njoki was testifying in case in which Jowie is jointly charged with Maribe with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani on the night of September 18, 2018.
She said that Kasaine informed them that he recovered his firearm with ammunition and spent cartridges which he hid in his secret room.
Njoki said Kasaine told the investigators that the report Jowie recorded at Langata Police Station was a concocted. Jowie, the court was told, shot himself in his bedroom before visiting Langata Hospital for treatment.
Jowie would later go to Nairobi West hospital and then to Kijabe hospital, the court heard.
Kasaine, the witness said, told detectives that Jowie had appeared disturbed in the days following Monica’s murder. At the time of the murder, Kasaine was Maribe’s neighbour at Royal Park Estate in Lang’ata, the court was told.
The witness said Jowie had called Kasaine via WhatsApp at 2am on September 20, 2018, asking him whether he had paraffin in his house.
When Kasaine asked why he wanted the paraffin, Jowie responded that he wanted to burn some objects.
On Tuesday, a security guard who once worked at the Royal Park estate told the court he could not explain how his national ID was found at the scene where Monica was murdered.
The ID was among the items recovered from the scene of crime by detectives.