Maribe, Jowie to remain in custody, bail ruling next week

Citizen TV's Jacque Maribe (right) and Joesph Irungu 'Jowie' in court on October 17, 2018.
Citizen TV's Jacque Maribe (right) and Joesph Irungu 'Jowie' in court on October 17, 2018.

Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her co-accused Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’ will remain in custody awaiting their bail ruling set for Tuesday, October 30.

Appearing before Justice James Wakiaga, the two also took plea afresh after the prosecution amended the charge sheet to include other suspects not before court in the Monica Nyawira Kimani murder case.

Prosecution led by Catherine Mwaniki opposed to the releasing of the two on bail or bond saying that they have been charged with a capital offence.

Prosecution further argued that while investigations are still underway they have already identified the key witnesses whom they say could be influenced by the accused persons.

In their submission, the prosecution termed Jowie as a flight risk since his nature of work indicates that he has travelled in middle East countries.

They further told the court that Jowie has not been cooperating with the police and the information he has given is not true.

As for Maribe, the prosecution said her association with persons of influence held a likelihood that she would interfere and intimidate prosecution witnesses.

Prosecution opposed her release saying that her account given in the affidavit is not entirely truthful and that her argument that she is a single mother and needs to tend to her son is not enough reason, since she has a supportive family that could take care of her child.

“The rights of the accused and the rights of the deceased must be balanced as well as securing the evidence that will be rendered by the Prosecution,”said Ms Mwaniki.

Defence team led by Katwa Kigen and Cliff Ombeta however opposed the prosecution’s grounds saying they were not enough to deny their clients bail.

In response to the claim that the accused would interfere with witnesses, the defence termed the interference argument as an assumption and not a fact presented in court.

Earlier on, Justice James Wakiaga ordered that probation officers prepare and submit a pre-bail report before the bail application hearing.

Justice Wakiaga also ruled out and expunged from court records an affidavit filed by an NGO (Empowering Africa Through the Media) which is seeking to participate in the matter.

In his ruling, Justice Wakiaga told the NGO to make a formal application with supporting documents to show why they should be allowed to participate in the case.

Maribe is currently remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison while Jowie remains at the Industrial Area Remand Prison.

Irungu has been in custody since his arrest on the September 25,2018 while Maribe was arrested on October 1, 2018.

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