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Jowie Irungu’s sentencing postponed

The sentencing of Joseph Irungu, also known as Jowie, has been rescheduled for March 13, 2024.

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka, in arriving at the decision, cited the late submission of crucial documents, received as late as 7 pm the previous evening, as a reason for the postponement.

Justice Nzioka disclosed that the victim’s family submitted their documents a day to judgement day.

Additionally, a change of counsel for the accused further contributed to the delay.

Jowie’s new lawyer also requested a week to review and respond to the newly filed document, but the court declined this request.

The High Court has rendered its verdict in the case of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, finding Joseph Irungu, known as Jowie, guilty of the crime.

Monica Kimani was brutally killed on the night of September 19, 2018, at her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Nairobi.

In her judgment delivered on February 9, 2024, Lady Justice Nzioka declared that the prosecution had presented sufficient evidence to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Jowie was responsible for Monica’s murder.

The ruling emphasized the prosecution’s effective case, highlighting the clarity of evidence establishing Jowie’s culpability.

Jowie had been charged alongside his ex-fiancé, journalist Jacque Maribe in connection with the murder. However, Maribe was acquitted of the murder charge by the judge.

Lady Justice Nzioka clarified that the count of murder was not the appropriate charge that the prosecution would have preferred against Maribe, leading to her exoneration from the case.

“It is my considered view that the charge brought against the second accused person (Jacque Maribe) was not the proper charge,” she stated.

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