The main suspect, Joseph Irungu aka Jowie who is on trial for the murder of a businesswoman Monica Kimani is facing a return to jail after the prosecution filed a motion to cancel his bail.
Director of the Public Prosecutor’s Office through Attorney General Catherine Mwaniki said that Irungu violated the conditions set by Judge James Wakiaga when he was released from custody in February last year and was killing the lives of witnesses at risk.
“He deliberately defied the terms of his release and committed a new crime. It is only fair that the court cancel the bail and bail given to him to meet the requirements of justice, ”Mwaniki said.
Jowie was indicted in October 2018 along with his ex-girlfriend, former TV journalist Jacqueline Maribe, and the murder of Monica at her Lamuria Gardens home in Kilimani on the night of September 19, 2018, hours after her death. Return to the country from South Sudan. . Judge Wakiaga released him on Sh2m cash bail in February last year after 16 months in prison with several conditions which the prosecution alleges he violated.
The judge had ordered that Jowie report to the chief of the village where his parents live once a month and that the chief should give monthly reports to the deputy clerk of the court. Judge Wakiaga also ruled that Jowie should not speak about the case on any media platform, either in person or through his agents and not to contact any witnesses.
But the prosecutor said he had violated the terms and relied on an affidavit from investigating officer Maxwel Otieno who swore that they had gone to Jowie village in Nguta property in Nakuru and had found the district commissioner who confirmed he had not submitted any reports.
“I have confirmed that the accused does not live with his parents in Nguta Estate and they do not support poultry farming. It was also the responsibility of the accused to ensure that the reports were submitted to the court, but this did not happen, ”Otieno vowed.
He said that instead of staying with his parents in Nakuru depending on the circumstances of the court release, Jowie lives in Nairobi where he works for a private security company. The court ruled on September 28 to withdraw his bail