Monica Kimani Case: Kenyan High Court Finds Jowie Guilty of Murder, Acquits Maribe
The High Court of Kenya has found Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, guilty of the murder of Monica Kimani in a case involving his ex-fiancée, Jacque Maribe.
“Monica Kimani didn’t die a natural death nor an accidental therefore, this is a clear case of homicide. The finding of this court is that the prosecution has proved that the death was unlawful,” said Justice Grace Nzioka during the ruling.
Ms Maribe was acquitted of all charges due to insufficient evidence.
The court noted that Jowie’s sentencing will take place on March 8, 2024.
The initial judgment date was postponed several times due to Ms Maribe’s unavailability and Jowie’s self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The case involved Jowie allegedly killing Kimani in her apartment in September 2018. The prosecution presented 35 witnesses, while the defense also presented witnesses.
The court found that Jowie’s claim of not knowing the deceased was “untenable” and “false.” Jowie is accused of stealing an ID card two days before the murder.
Ms Kimani was a businesswoman who was found murdered with her throat slit in her bathtub. Jowie’s movements on the night of the murder were traced, and he was allegedly the last person seen with Kimani.