The prosecution team in the Monica Kimani murder case has asked the court to deny Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu bail.
Investigating Officer Maxwell Otieno argues that there is a high probability that the two accused persons will interfere with ongoing investigations if released on bail.
In an affidavit, Maxwell Otieno further stated that Monica Kimani’s residence, as well as that of Ms. Maribe, have been identified to be the primary and secondary crime scenes respectively, hence, the accused persons could tamper with investigations.
He said that a probe is still ongoing to establish any amount of money that could have been taken from Monica Kimani’s house in Kilimani. Mr Otieno noted that the deceased was to travel out of the country.
The prosecution also notes that the main suspect Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu has no fixed abode and is a frequent flyer and was residing at Ms. Maribe’s residence.
“There is a likelihood of the accused persons interfering and intimidating the key prosecution witnesses if released on bail and therefore justifiable to subject the accused to pretrial detention noting that some of the key witnesses are the house help, manager who was with them prior to the fatal incident and after, watchmen and other key witnesses,” reads the affidavit.
The Investigating officer further argues that Ms. Maribe, being a media personality associated with persons of influence, if released on bail and bond there is a high possibility that she will threaten or intimidate the key prosecution witness.
“If the accused person is released they will disturb public order, undermine public peace or security and detention may be necessary to preserve public peace and protect the accused persons.”
Mr Otieno further claimed that the investigation will be done beyond the Kenyan territory.
Jacque Maribe and Jowie were on Monday jointly charged with the murder of Monica Kimani. They pleaded not guilty before judge Jessie Lessit, who directed that their bail application be mentioned on Wednesday, October 17 before another judge who will then set a different date for the hearing of the application.
The accused will remain in custody longer pending the hearing and determination of their bail.