by Beatrice Ambasa
April 23, 2021

The trial of Joseph Irungu alias Jowie and journalist Jacque Maribe for the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani will proceed in open court in May. 

The case had come up for hearing virtually on Wednesday but was adjourned after the parties sought to have the matter heard in open court.

Four witnesses including a gardener, caretaker, a delivery person and Maribe’s friend testified before Justice James Wakiaga.

Justice Grace Nzioka directed the matter to be heard on May 5 in open court.

A report by the government analyst presented in court during the trial in 2019 linked Jowie to the scene of crime, Monica’s apartment.

Just five months and two weeks since the start of the trial, government analyst Dr Joseph Kimani submitted a report indicating the findings of the 73 samples taken from the scene of crime.

The samples included buccal swabs of Jowie and Maribe and those of Brian Kassaine and Jennings Orlando Odhiambo.

So far, 20 witnesses have testified in the matter. The prosecution has seven more to go before it closes its case.

Jacque and Jowie have denied murdering Monica on the night of September 19 and September 20, 2018. They are out on a cash bail of Sh2 million each.