Monica Kimani murder: Joseph Irungu detained for 10 more days


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

In Summary

  •  Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo granted a request by police to have the suspect detained pending further investigations.
  • Magistrate Atambo directed that Irungu alias Jowie be detained at the Muthaiga Police Station, where only his lawyers and family members will be allowed to access him.
  • The prosecution 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.

Joseph Kuria Irungu, the man accused of killing a woman at her home in Kilimani, Nairobi, will remain in police custody for 10 more days.

This is after Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atambo on Wednesday granted a request by police to have the suspect detained to allow for further investigations.

Magistrate Atambo directed that Irungu, alias Jowie, be detained at the Muthaiga Police Station, where only his lawyers and family members will be allowed to access him.

The court also directed that the suspect be taken to hospital immediately, after the defense team requested to have Irungu 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 mentioning of the case was set on October 9, 2018.

Irungu was arrested on Tuesday after police investigations revealed that he may have been at 28-year-old Monica Nyawira Kimani’s apartment before she was found dead.

The accused was arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts on Wednesday, where detectives led by Investigating Officer Inspector Maxwel Otieno sought more time to detain Irungu.

The prosecution 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 submitted their interest in the data analysis involving the suspect’s movement with the vehicle he was using of the fateful day as well as mobile data analysis.

Irungu claims he was shot and injured by thugs in Lang’a ta estate, an allegation discounted by the police.

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