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A timeline of Monica Kimani’s last moments before her gruesome murder

By Winnie Onyando February 11th, 2024 2 min read

After a lengthy trial, Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu was convicted of Monica Kimani’s murder, with key moments leading up to the tragic incident outlined.

The tragic incident, which occurred in 2018, shook the nation, sparking an intense investigation and trial process that spanned several years.

Monica’s lifeless body was discovered in her apartment at Lamuria Gardens, located on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road in Kilimani.

Also read: Monica Kimani’s brother reacts after Jowie is taken into custody for murder

The events leading up to her untimely demise paint a chilling picture of her final moments:

September 19, 2018

– 6:21 PM: Monicah calls her brother to inform him of her arrival in Nairobi from Juba at the time she was at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
– 7:30 PM: A taxi drops her off at Lamuria Gardens apartments.
– 8:00 PM: Monica collects a delivery from the apartment gate.
– 8:45 PM: A man wearing a kanzu and cap whom the court documents identify as Jowie arrives at the apartment and heads straight to the kitchen.
– 9:20 PM: Monica is seen by a friend in the Lamuria Gardens parking lot.
– 11:00 PM: A strange text is sent from Monica’s phone to her friend, saying, “Come help me sleep.”

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September 20, 2018

– 11:00 AM: Monica’s brother, George Kimani, visits her apartment but receives no response to his attempts to reach her via phone.
– 12:00 PM: George decides to break into Monica’s apartment, where he discovers her lifeless body.
– 3:00 PM: Police transport Monica’s body to Chiromo mortuary.

Throughout the trial, Jowie and former news anchor Jacque Maribe, who have been on trial since 2018, faced scrutiny as the prosecution called upon 35 witnesses to present evidence.

In an emotional interview aired on NTV five years ago, Jowie’s mother expressed empathy for Monica’s parents and extended an apology to them in the event of her son being found guilty.

Jowie’s family portrayed him as a devout Christian with a love for the church, shedding light on his background as a choir member during his upbringing.

Following the verdict, George Kimani, Monicah’s brother, expressed mixed emotions, noting his parents’ contentment with the outcome despite their absence in the courtroom.