Maribe’s acquittal in the murder of Monicah Kimani will be appealed by the DPP

The Director of Public Prosecutions’ office has announced its intention to appeal against a High Court decision that acquitted former TV news anchor Jacque Maribe in the murder case of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

In its notice of appeal, the DPP expressed dissatisfaction with the trial Judge Grace Nzioka’s decision to acquit Maribe, and it plans to appeal the part of the judgment that led to her release.

While Maribe was acquitted last week, her co-accused Jowie Irungu was convicted of the murder and is awaiting sentencing on March 8 at Industrial Area remand.

Judge Nzioka justified Maribe’s acquittal by citing the prosecution’s failure to place her at the scene of Monica’s murder. The judge emphasized that there was no evidence indicating communication between Maribe and Monica.

Nzioka criticized the prosecution for bringing the wrong charge against Maribe, stating that the evidence only related to the September 20 shooting incident involving Jowie. The court found Maribe liable for providing false information to the police in that incident.

During the defense hearing, Maribe asserted that she was with former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on the fateful day, denying any involvement in Kimani’s murder. She stated that her relationship with Jowie was that of cohabitation and helping him seek treatment after being shot was her constitutional right.

The judge, in acquitting Maribe, emphasized that it was the prosecution’s responsibility to prove her alibi defense, demonstrating that she was not at the scene when the crime occurred.

Relationship between Jacque Maribe and Eric Omondi following the Monica Kimani trial

Following the Not Guilty verdict in the highly publicized murder trials, former news anchor Jacque Maribe has shed light on her relationship with comedian Eric Omondi, highlighting the support he provided during challenging times.

In an open interview with Faydee Media, Maribe disclosed that despite the end of their romantic involvement, they have remained good friends. Exploring the reasons for their breakup, she attributed personal growth and maturity as pivotal factors influencing their decision to part ways.

“Eric is my friend to date. He was in a space where we were having a serious relationship. I think I had matured beyond his expectations,” Maribe shared during the interview.

While expressing gratitude for Omondi’s kindness towards her and their son, Maribe acknowledged his genuine nature. However, she underscored the significance of understanding each other before committing to a relationship.

“He was very nice to me. He genuinely was, I will never come out and say anything to the contrary. I think this is why it’s important to first learn somebody before you rush into something like this because I believe it was rushed,” reflected Maribe.

In a separate interview with TV47, Eric Omondi conveyed his joy at Maribe’s acquittal and extended his support, recognizing the challenges she faced over the past five years. Omondi expressed satisfaction with the court’s decision, emphasizing the security now afforded to Maribe’s family, livelihood, and child.

“The court’s decision regarding Jacque was appropriate, and many Kenyans would agree that sometimes in life, circumstances lead you to unexpected places. However, I am pleased because her family, livelihood, and child are now secure,” Omondi stated, demonstrating his solidarity with Maribe.

According to Justice Nzioka, Monica Kimani’s death was a homicide.

ustice Grace Nzioka of the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi has declared Monica Kimani’s death a clear case of homicide. Speaking on Friday, Justice Nzioka stated that the prosecution successfully proved the death was unlawful based on evidence from a doctor’s examination.

According to Justice Nzioka, Dr. Njenga, who examined the body, did not testify to circumstances that would indicate excusable homicide. The doctor clarified that there was no evidence of strangulation, gunshot wounds, or anything unusual in the pancreas. He explained that the blood oozing from the nostrils was due to the throat being slit at the level of thyroid glands and emphasized that the wound would not have been inflicted after death.

Consequently, Justice Nzioka concluded, “Therefore, this is a clear case of homicide that falls outside the excusable homicides, and so, the finding of this court is that the prosecution has proved that the death was unlawful.”

The murder trial involves Jowie as the first accused person and Jacque Maribe, charged in 2018. Monica Kimani’s body was discovered at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani. The prosecution called 35 witnesses during the trial, while the defence opted not to present any witnesses.

Jackiew Maribe found not guilty

Journalist Jacque Maribe has been acquitted in the Monica Kimani murder case due to lack of evidence. Justice Grace Nzioka of the Milimani Law Courts made the ruling on Friday, marking the end of a case that spanned over five years.

Maribe, the second accused in the case, was acquitted, while Jowie, the primary accused, was found guilty of the murder. Justice Nzioka concluded that Jowie armed himself with a gun, disguised himself in a kanzu, and gained access to Monica Kimani’s residence, where he committed the murder.

According to Justice Nzioka, the evidence presented by the prosecution sufficiently proved Jowie’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. She emphasized that the perpetrator intended instant death for the victim and demonstrated a ‘know-how on how to kill.’

Furthermore, the court found Jowie’s claim of not knowing the deceased prior to her death to be false. Justice Nzioka revealed that Jowie and Monica Kimani were acquainted from their time at Kenya Polytechnic, where they were classmates.

Monica Kimani’s body was discovered at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani. The trial, which commenced in 2018, saw the prosecution present 35 witnesses, while the defence opted not to call any witnesses.

After missing her court date, Jacque Maribe becomes insolent. “Kwani mwili yangu ni matofali?”

Former Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe was absent from a court hearing on Friday, January 26th, where the High Court was set to deliver judgment in Monica Kimani’s murder case. Maribe, through her lawyer, requested the court to postpone the delivery of her judgment, citing illness.

Justice Nzioka confirmed that the judgment was ready, and the verdict would be announced on March 15, 2024. Following the ruling, Maribe took to social media to share her reaction. On Instagram stories, she wrote, “To humiliate someone because of ill health is so wrong. And to make it clear, I have never missed court except once when I was ill.”

She added, “Kwani mwili yangu imejengwa na matofali? Hata that time I supposedly sought time to travel we were only being respectable enough to tell the court, and there was no due date interfering with that.”

In December, Maribe had expressed dissatisfaction with the court when the judgment was postponed to January 26th. She wrote on Instagram stories, “It needs to stop. For five years I have respected the court, but this is too much. Justice delayed is justice denied. Stop putting people’s lives in limbo. I’m tired of this.”

Following Maribe’s illness, the High Court postponed Jowie & Jacque Maribe’s ruling

This morning, in the Monica Kimani murder case, former TV anchor Jacque Maribe requested the court to postpone the delivery of her judgment, citing illness. The court, originally scheduled to pronounce the judgment at 9 am, had only her former lover Jowie Irungu present.

Maribe’s advocate, Katwa Kigen, urged Trial Judge Grace Nzioka to consider accommodating her due to her severe illness. While the nature of her ailment remained confidential, state prosecutor Gakoe Gichuhi requested access to the medical details. Gichuhi did not object to the adjournment, acknowledging that sickness is beyond one’s control.

Maribe, expressing her expectation of recovery within the next seven days, conveyed her willingness to travel to Naivasha, where the trial Judge typically sits, for the judgment.

Katwa explained Maribe’s indisposition, highlighting that both her parents were present in court, signaling her desire to be there. Consequently, Katwa requested an adjournment, emphasizing this as the only instance she has not attended court.

Jowie, through his advocate Professor Hassan Nandwa, expressed readiness to proceed but expressed willingness to accommodate Maribe due to the uncontrollable nature of sickness. The victim’s family also requested a nearer date, citing their anxiety over the case’s outcome.

After hearing from all parties, Justice Nzioka approved the adjournment, dispelling claims that it was Maribe’s first such request. The court noted two previous instances of adjournment during the hearing due to her unavailability. Justice Nzioka urged counsels to inform their clients about the reason for the adjournment.

The matter was rescheduled for March 15, and the request to deliver the judgment in Naivasha was declined due to resource constraints.

Eric Omondi’s Lynn K goes after Jackie Maribe with subtle digs over paternity of her child

Eric Omondi’s fiancée Lynn Njihia has no immediate plans to become a mother. She is totally fine bringing up their five-month-old baby.

“For now, mother of one, daddy of one PERIOD”

On her YouTube channel, Lynn stated that she and her partner do not currently have any plans to have a second child.

“For now no. We have no plans. Tutalea Kayla kwanza saa hii, plus I have trauma. Weuh I have trauma from hat pregnancy. So until I heal and plan the way we planned for Kayla, is when we are going to plan for another one,”

She also has no doubts that she is the comedian’s lone child mother. During a Q&A session answering questions from fans, Lynn was intrigued by one of the questions.

Do you think you are the only baby mama, or do you know that Eric has another baby mama?”

“No, I don’t,” was her prompt response. He’s not even aware that he doesn’t. There is just me. “Mimi ndio niko,” she laughed hysterically.

They are also very different in age: “We are 19 years apart.” She laughed and continued, saying that she doesn’t think this is an issue and that love is the only thing that counts.

He is 44 and she is 22.

“I believe that love is love, haina limit, haina gender, age, love is love, if you love someone date you, it doesn’t mean it won’t work out if there is an age gap. I can say Eric and I are more of friends, more of besties, hiyo ndio imefanya tufike tuu saa hii. We are equal, supporting each other.”

It’s important to remember that Eric Omondi dated former media star Jacque Maribe. The father of the boy she gave birth to has never been confirmed.

Although Eric acknowledged that he has been paying child support, he has never truly identified as the father in public. She declined to comment on the subject as well.

In 2023, the two got into a social media spat over her son, with her claiming he might or might not be the biological father.

Jackie Maribe and Jowie Irungu murder case ruling postponed again

Jackie Maribe and her former fiancé Jowie Irungu can now relax because the High Court has once more delayed the case’s verdict.

The two were charged on January 26 for the murder of late entrepreneur Monica Kimani.

Trial Judge Grace Nzioka was scheduled to issue her ruling today, but she informed the parties that she had received the essential documents for her case as late as yesterday.
This is the second postponement of the judgment.

The Judge was unfit the first time.

“Writing the verdict took time for me. We’ve advanced. However, I found out on Monday that not all of the exhibits were submitted to me when the file was sent to me,” the judge said.

The Judge stated that she received them on Thursday at seven o’clock, despite having requested that they be supplied on Monday. There were three sacks of them.

Jowie had begged the court to give him an earlier date before the revised dates were decided upon. Maribe, on the other hand, wanted a date in January, while he asked for January 21.

Following that, the parties decided that the judgment will be delivered on January 26.

Jackie Maribe pens heartfelt letter to her son

Jacque Maribe declared in September 2022 that she wouldn’t be updating her Instagram page until she felt it was appropriate. She did, however, grant some latitude for posting Instagram stories.

 

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Fans have noted that the single mother has adhered to her word and taken a social media hiatus. This is what she said a year prior:

“1st September 2022, I chose to only do stories here on IG…well, shouldn’t that change now on 1st September 2023?? The sabbatical ends. Loading…

There are no photographs while I’m reloading.”

With a huge bang, the former Citizen TV presenter has returned. She has decided to mark her return with a heartwarming video montage of her and her son’s times spent together.

She sent an emotional message to her son Zahari on the video;

“I’m so grateful I got you Zee. My entire heart, my pride and joy.”

The last time Jacque expressed her opinions on Instagram, she got into a furious argument with Eric Omondi on the paternity of her baby.

The two adults engaged in a back-and-forth regarding a DNA claim that has never been addressed to this day.

According to Eric, she won’t put him through a test to find out if he is his biological father. Maribe asserted in June that Eric had been dishonest regarding the DNA test procedure.

Kenyan High Court Postpones Jackie Maribe & Jowie’s Case Verdict

The Kenyan High Court has postponed the judgment of the Monica Kimani murder case, in which former TV news anchor Jackie Maribe and her ex-fiancé Jowie Irungu are on trial. The verdict was expected to be delivered on Friday, October 6, 2023, but the court has rescheduled it to December 15, 2023.

Justice Grace Nzioka, who was to deliver the judgment on whether Maribe and Jowie were guilty of the murder or not, said she had been taken ill.

The two ex-lovers are charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, who was found dead at her Nairobi home in September 2018.

The case has been in the public eye since it was first reported, and many Kenyans have been following it closely.

The family of Monica Kimani has been devastated by her death and has been seeking justice for her ever since.

During the trial, a witness testified that he received a “strange” message from Monica Kimani on the night of her murder. The witness also said that he had been friends with one of the suspects, Jowie Irungu, and that he had received a call from him on the night of the murder.

The postponement of the verdict is a setback for the family of Monica Kimani, who have been waiting for justice for over four years. However, it is important to remember that the court system is complex and that there are many factors that can contribute to delays in proceedings.

Jackie Maribe ruling postponed to December 15

The judgment of former TV news anchor Jackie Maribe and her ex-fiance Jowie Irungu on the murder of late businesswoman Monica Kimani has been postponed by the High Court. The decision has been tabled until December 15.

Due to her illness, Justice Grace Nzioka had to postpone today’s scheduled judgment. Jowie is the initial suspect in Monica’s murder case.

In 2018, he and Jacque Maribe were charged. At her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Kilimani, off Denis Pritt Road on Kitale Lane, Monica’s body was discovered.

35 witnesses who testified against the two were called by the prosecution. Assistant DPP Gikui Gichuki claims that despite their denials that they knew Monica or were connected to her killing, the evidence they provided in court is sufficient to have them convicted.

Maribe, Jowie to learn Monica’s murder case outcome

Today will determine the fate of former TV anchor Jackie Maribe and her ex-fiance Joseph Irungu in relation to the slaying of late businesswoman Monica Kimani. Jowie is the initial suspect in Monica’s murder case.

In 2018, he and Jacque Maribe were charged. At her Lamuria Gardens apartment in Kilimani, off Denis Pritt Road on Kitale Lane, Monica’s body was discovered.
35 witnesses who testified against the two were called by the prosecution.

The evidence they presented in court is enough to prosecute them, according to assistant DPP Gikui Gichuki, despite the fact that they have denied knowing Monica or having any involvement in her death.

“My lady the death was unlawful as indicated by all the prosecution witnesses. As per witness testimony, the first accused was placed in the house of the deceased, he was positively identified during the identification parade” – Gikui.

Gikui said at the conclusion of the case that the two “acted in concert to eliminate the deceased” with a same objective. She cited a court of appeals ruling that stated that aiding and abetting generally refers to providing assistance or being an accomplice in the commission of a crime.

Additionally, the state has requested that the court take into account the fact that Maribe did not make any effort to distance herself from Jowie’s deeds and instead assisted him in setting fire to evidence.

“The demeanour of Jowie and Maribe should also be taken into account at the time of investigations which entailed giving false information to the police during the trial where the accused in some cases missed court proceedings,”

The prosecution claimed that Jackie Maribe, the second defendant, was the first defendant’s partner at the time they were living together. Gikui then clarified that Maribe was the proprietor of the car involved in a criminal activity.

“She also allowed the gun to be kept in her house yet she had a young child. It should be noted in testimony produced in this court that she lied to the police consistently regarding how the first accused person was injured,”

Katwa Kigen, Maribe’s attorney, has countered that none of the witnesses had implicated the former television anchor with the crime.

“The case is based on circumstantial evidence; there’s no direct evidence against the second accused person,”

Jackie Maribe’s latest announcement excites the internet

Jacque Maribe, a former Citizen TV anchor, has hinted that she may make a significant comeback after spending some time away from the public spotlight.

Maribe hinted on her Instagram page that her extended vacation would likely end in September by uploading a message.

“1st September 2022, I chose to only do stories here on IG…well, shouldn’t that change now on 1st September 2023?? The sabbatical ends. Loading…”

Maribe did not specify what she would be doing in detail, but her supporters were thrilled to hear the news.

Baba mtoto ni Eric, Itumbi ama Sam Ogina? Jackie Maribe addresses relationships

Media celebrity Jacque Maribe has disclosed her relationship with journalist Sam Ogina and Chief Administrative Secretary for ICT Dennis Itumbi.

In a social media post, the mother of one stressed that she has never been romantically involved with either of the two.

Maribe also responded to allegations that she had refused Eric Omondi, the claimed father of her child, the chance to have a DNA test done on their son.

Maribe implied that she had been helpful throughout the entire paternity test controversy.

She continued by venting her anger at individuals including Ogina in the drama.

“Road trip to heal the mind and gratitude for sane friends. Also, let me clear the air here publicly. Leave my friends alone. How and why is my friend Sam Ogina being dragged into unnecessary drama? We have never dated. Just like you said I dated Dennis Itumbi. Leave me alone.”

The former Citizen TV host made it clear that she had never been romantically involved with either of them.

In an Instagram story from January, Maribe introduced Itumbi as her father’s son-in-law, seemingly in joke.

She had sent her father a picture of Itumbi with a caption on it.

“Mr Maribe and his son-in-law, no matter what anyone says, we remain family.”

This sparked questions regarding her romantic status.

On the other side, Kenyan comedian Eric Omondi had earlier claimed that he met Jacque when she was already involved with Ogina.

Later, Maribe told him about the pregnancy that resulted in the birth of her child, the subject of his dispute with the former television star.

 

The night Monica Kimani was murdered I spent the night with Sonko – Jackie Maribe

Jackie Maribe shocked the court when she gave testimony about her movements and whereabouts on the night Monica Kimani was murdered. According to her, she was partying with the former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his entourage and they chose to go to a club based in Westlands called 40 Forty.

Monica Kimani update: Jackie Maribe denied knowing anything about murder

It should be remembered that she is charged with being party to the murder of a Nairobi businesswoman called Monica Kimani was found in her apartments with her head nearly completely decapitated.

The late Monica Kimani

She is accused together with her former fiance, Jowie Irungu of having either planned or helping to cover up the murder of the deceased. Her co-accused on his part revealed the gun he was found with belonged to his former neighbour and friend.

 

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Monica Kimani update: Jackie Maribe denied knowing anything about murder

Former Citizen TV anchor and media personality, Jacky Maribe who is in court charged with participating in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani alongside her former fiance Jowie Irungu. She was arraigned in court for the hearing of the case.

Jacquee Maribe reveals why she will never sue baby daddy over child support

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It should be remembered that Monica Kimani met a rather violent death at her apartment situated in Kilimani where her remains were found nearly decapitated.

TBT: Jowie Irungu back in court

I shed a tear for Jacque Maribe’s son

The police conducted investigations which quickly led them to arrest Jowie Irungu and eventually his then-fiance, Jackie Maribe which then spiralled to both of them spending months in remand (prison) before they eventually were released on bond/ bail.

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