A fresh development as Jowie launches an appeal against his death sentence

Joseph Kuria Irungu, also known as Jowie, has officially lodged a notice of appeal against his conviction and subsequent death sentence in the murder case of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

The notice, prepared by his legal representative Andrew Muge, states, “Take notice that Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Jowie appeals to the Court of Appeal against the decisions of the Honourable Lady Justice Grace Nzioka whereby the Appellant was convicted of Murder and sentenced to death on March 13, 2024.”

This notice specifies that the appeal is directed against both the conviction and the imposed sentence.

The High Court handed down the death penalty to Jowie on Wednesday, March 13, for the 2018 murder of Monica Kimani, who was tragically killed in her Nairobi residence at Lamuria Gardens, Kilimani, on September 19, 2018.

Justice Nzioka emphasized that the prosecution had presented compelling evidence establishing Jowie’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt in Monica’s murder.

In delivering the verdict, Justice Grace Nzioka pronounced that Jowie Irungu “shall suffer death as provided for the offence of murder under Section 204 of the Penal Code of Kenya.”

The judge highlighted the limited options available in sentencing Irungu, which included a term of years, life imprisonment, or the death penalty.

According to Kenyan law, anyone found guilty of intentionally causing the death of another person with malice aforethought is convicted of the crime of murder.

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