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TV girl Jackie Maribe, ex-boyfriend Jowie’s murder case ruling postponed

The ruling in a case in which TV girl Jackie Maribe and ex-boyfriend Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu are battling murder charges has been postponed.

Justice Grace Nzioka was scheduled to deliver a ruling to establish whether the two former love birds who are jointly charged with murdering businesswoman Monicah Kimani have a case to answer.

But then, a power outage rocked the Naivasha law courts for the better part of March 29, 2023, affecting the delivery of the ruling,

Justice Nzioka asked the accused and the defense lawyers Katwa Kigen (for Jackline Maribe) and Prof Hassan Nandwa to check later in the afternoon whether power has resumed.

The judge challenged the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) and other stakeholders who are consumers of the services of the judiciary to purchase a generator for the law courts.

“I challenge the LSK and other consumers of justice to purchase a generator for this law courts to supplement the provision of power,” Justice Nzioka.

Prof Nandwa undertook to raise the issue with the LSK secretariat.

Prof Nandwa said members of the LSK in the bar/bench committee will take up the issue.

The ruling was to be delivered virtually.

In December 2022, the two suspects urged the court to acquit them, in this case, owing to a supposed lack of evidence.

In their final submissions, the two through their defence lawyers said they were maliciously charged with murder.

Maribe and Jowie denied further claimed the deceased might have been killed by an unknown person at her house on a fateful night in 2018.

Prof Nandwa referred the court to a testimony by one of the prosecution witnesses who told the court that he found the DNA of an unknown male in Monica’s house.

The court heard that Maribe did not know Monica and that she never participated in the killing of the deceased as claimed by the Prosecution.

But the Prosecution led by Assistant DPP Gikui Gichuhi dismissed their statements, saying the prosecution has proven beyond reasonable doubt that they jointly and severally murdered the deceased after she had jetted into the country from South Sudan where she operated a business.

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