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Jowie: I did not kill Monica Irungu

Murder suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie has told the High court he never knew the late businesswoman Monica Kimani.

Jowie also said he never visited her city residence at Lamuria Gardens on the night she was killed.

While defending himself in the murder of Monica, Jowie told Justice Grace Nzioka he was at his house at Royal Park apartments in Lang’ata, Nairobi, on the night the lady he is accused of murdering died.

“I never visited Monica at her residence and l never talked to her since l did not know her. I knew his brother George Kimani,” Jowie told the court.

The suspect further said witnesses who were called by the prosecution including Lee Owen Omondi lied to the court that he was with him at Monica’s residence on the material night.

He also said that a video played in court showing a man eating Nyama choma with Monica was not him and he does not know him.

Jowie who is charged alongside Maribe also disowned a brown short that was produced in court to be his.

“The short in court is khaki cream in color and the short he was wearing was brown and had no blood stains,” said jowie

Cross-examined by state counsel Gikui Gichuhi, Jowie read the government chemist report which stated that blood stains on the short he was wearing belonged to Monica Kimani.

Another lady called Chelegat who saw Jowie on the same night of September 19,2018, said he was wearing a brown khaki short.

Police recovered that cloth from the house of Jackie Maribe.

Maribe, a TV journalist, was Jowie’s girlfriend at the time Monica was killed.

She is also a co-accused in the murder case.

On September 21, 2023, Jowie said he was called by George Kimani, a brother to the deceased to assist him highlight in the media the heinous killing of his sister at Lamuria gardens.

Jowie confirmed to the court that he had the gun of Brian Kasaine at his house and used it to shoot himself.

He said that Kasaine had left the gun with him because he had a row with his wife and did want to use it.

“Kasaine brought me the gun saying he did not want to keep it in his house because of a serious difference he had with his wife. Kasaine told me his wife had gone out and did not come back and when she came back they differed,” Jowie informed the court.

He admitted he lied to the police during investigations of the killing of Monica that he was shot by a gang.

“What did you tell the police when you went to report about the shooting?” Gichuhi asked Jowie.

Responding, Jowie said” l told police that l was shot by a gang.”

“So it was a lie,” Gichuhi asked him.

“Yes it was a lie,” Jowie answered.

While asked where the gun was recovered from, Jowie said that it was recovered from Kasaine house.

He also informed the court that he doesn’t own a gun.

Asked by the prosecutor where Maribe was when he shot himself, jowie said she was in the house and came out when she heard the shot.

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