Joseph Irungu ‘Jowie’ charged with Monica Kimani murder


Joseph Irungu
Joseph Irungu "Jowie" at the Kiambu Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, September 26, 2018. Photo/COURTESY

In Summary

  • The suspect lawyer's are Cliff Ombeta, Sam Nyamberi, Mugambi Laichena and Lawrence Mbabu.
  • Ombeta is however not at the Kiambu court.
  • Prosecution want the investigating officer to be allowed to make his application before an order can be made on whether to allow him proceed to hospital or not.

Joseph Irungu has been charged with the murder of Monica Kimani at her home in Kilimani estate, Nairobi.

On Wednesday, Irungu, also known as Jowie, appeared before Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo.

His defense team told the court that Irungu is not in the right state of mind and should be allowed to seek medical attention since he has a bullet wound on his left shoulder.

“Our client has not been accorded any medical attention since yesterday (Tuesday),” the defense team complained to the magistrate.

The suspect lawyers are; Cliff Ombeta, Sam Nyamberi, Mugambi Laichena and Lawrence Mbabu.

Ombeta was however not present in court on Wednesday.

Prosecution wants the investigating officer to be allowed to make his application before an order can be made on whether to allow him proceed to hospital or not.

Irungu’s lawyers do not want the State to proceed with the application citing his health condition.

“Their (police) actions yesterday speak volumes on how they will treat the suspect,” the advocates said, adding that he was not even given a painkiller.

Irungu was arrested on Tuesday after police investigations revealed that he may have been at Monica’s apartment before she was found dead.

Magistrate Atambo further directed that Investigating Officer Inspector Maxwel Otieno take oath for the sake of propriety of the affidavit terming most of the contents in the affidavit as “very weighty.”

Inspector Otieno, from DCI told the court there is need to retain the suspect in police custody owing to the preliminary findings in the case.

According to Otieno, preliminary findings show that the injury could have been caused by a gunshot wound saying that they are in the process of establishing the cause of Monica’s injuries.

In their application, the officer asked the court for time to record witness statements saying that those set to be interrogated were well known to the suspect and he might interfere with them if released.

“We need to subject the suspect to normal police procedures that include ID Parades, samples from the suspect for investigations to compare with those collected at the crime scene… We will also revisit the crime scene to collect more samples,” said detective Otieno.

Further, the investigating officer also said that the team will extend their investigations to South Sudan to interview witnesses from that area.

The officers further detailed their interest in the data analysis involving the suspect’s movement with the vehicle as well as mobile data analysis.

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