Maribe’s parents message to the media after Monica Kimani’s murder trial verdict
Tears of joy flowed down the cheeks of family and friends of former television journalist Jacque Maribe moments after she was acquitted of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.
Her father, Maribe Mwangi while addressing the media, acknowledged it had been a torturous journey but thanked God for the verdict rendered on his daughter.
Additionally, he thanked a section of media who were supportive saying some of them were quite hostile. He said, “On behalf of the Maribe family, we want to thank the Almighty God. It has been a torturous journey. We have suffered emotionally and financially but we thank God it has come to an end. We were never in doubt of the outcome because we assisted with the facts of the case. We want to thank a section of the media, not all of you. Some of you have been quite hostile and we understand, others have been very supportive but we say God has been on our side.”
On her part, Jacque’s mother urged the media to seek to know the truth recalling that many a time they were in court and would see messages of things that had been said which made them cast doubt on the verdict that could be given.
“Seek to know the truth. Do not rush to say things you have not researched about so that when you report, all of us feel like it is worth reading,” she said.
For six years, Ms Maribe and Joseph Irungu alias Jowie had been in court for the murder of Ms Kimani but High Court Judge Grace Nzioka found Jowie guilty of the murder. In her judgment, Judge Nzioka said that Ms Kimani’s murder was one of the most heinous.
“She was slit from ear to ear by what investigators said was a highly skilled person. Her hands and legs were bound with straps before her throat was slit.”
The killer, the evidence showed, left the water running in the bathtub where the murder occurred, and the television was left on. The lights in the house were also on and candles were placed around the bathtub.
In her ruling, Judge Nzioka exonerated Ms Maribe saying she was instead guilty of lying to a public officer but could not be convicted of that because she had been charged with that offense.