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Jowie guilty of murdering Monica Kimani, Jackie Maribe acquitted

The court has acquitted former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe in the case involving the murder of businesswoman Monicah Kimani.

Maribe’s former lover Joseph Irungu alias Jowie was not lucky, however.

He has been convicted for the offence of murder contrary to section 203 as read with 204 of the Penal Code which they were jointly charged.

Maribe and Jowie were jointly accused of committing the offence on the night of September 19, 2018, at Lamuria Gardens Apartment in the Kilimani area, a middle-income residential area within Nairobi.

Ms Kîmani was killed a few hours after returning from a business trip to South Sudan.

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka said prosecution had proved the ingredients of murder in the killing of Ms Kîmani and availed sufficient evidence that Jowie killed her.

Jowie who was the main suspect in the murder is now a convict awaiting sentencing.

During the hearing of the case, Chief Inspector Maxwell Otieno who investigated the case, took Justice Nzioka to Lamuria Gardens Apartment and showed her how Jowie accessed the well-guarded apartments using a stolen identity card and went straight to House Number 8 on Block A where Ms Kimani lived.

Mr Otieno said Jowie was dropped at the apartments’ gate by a taxi and when the security guards asked his identity, he produced the stolen identity card and introduced himself as Dominic.

The detective said all indications were that Jowie had prior proper knowledge of the place because evidence showed he had previously visited the apartments.

Monica’s body was found at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment which is located on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road in Kilimani.

The prosecution called 35 witnesses who testified against the two.

Although they have denied knowing Monica or being involved in her death, assistant DPP Gikui Gichuki said the evidence they presented in court is sufficient to have them convicted for the murder.

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Court finds Jowie guilty of murdering Monica Kimani, Jackie Maribe acquitted