The murder trial of Joseph Irungu aka Jowie and journalist Jacque Maribe resumed on Tuesday, January 25.
The national identity card that was the basis for the investigation into the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani is one of the first mysteries to be addressed as the case progresses.
The witness, identified as Dominic Hosea, told the court that he had lost his identity card at the Royal Gardens Park in Lang’ata, where journalists Maribe and Jowie were living at the time.
Hosea told Judge Grace Nzioka that her identity card had disappeared in a confusing situation after she left it with a security guard at the Royal Gardens Park.
He told the court that on September 17, 2018, he went to Royal Park Gardens with a co-worker looking for regular jobs and the security guard guarding the gate asked them to leave their IDs.
Hosea was a private security guard in Nairobi at the time, but he was on vacation.
When they left the farm, the guard did not return his ID and was notified that he was missing. The guard at the door asked him to come out the next day.
“He told me that he was not the one who was on duty in the morning and asked me to come the next day. The next day, September 18, we returned to Lang’ata and found the same guard, ”he explained.
“I said I didn’t have my ID. I gave him my name and identification number. He said they could not find him but they would look for him, ”the witness added.
The ID was later found by detectives at Monica Kimani’s house in Lemuria garden, Kilimani after her murder on September 19, 2018.
According to Hosea, when he returned to work, officers from Kilimani Police Station arrived at his place of work and arrested him. He was then taken to the headquarters of the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) for questioning.
“I was taken to the office, where I was asked for my identity and contact information. I told them what had happened and my identity card was lost at Royal Park Lang’ata. I told them the guard assured me they would find him, “Hosea told the court.