Maribe Murder Case: Jacque Maribe will now face murder charges alongside her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie following the death Monica Kimani in Nairobi last month.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji said he has sanctioned murder charges against the duo after reviewing the evidence gathered by detectives so far.
“I am satisfied that there exists a prima facie case to warrant criminal prosecution,” Mr Haji stated.
“I have therefore directed that they be immediately arraigned before the High Court and charged accordingly. I am satisfied that there exists a prima facie to warrant criminal prosecution … for the offence murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the Penal Code,” he said Tuesday.
By excluding Mr Brian Kassaine, the other in police custody over Ms Kimani’s September 19 murder at Lamuria Gardens, it means he will be a State witness in the case against the couple.
The DPP ordered that Maribe and Irungu be immediately arraigned before the High Court and charged accordingly.
Jacque Maribe was arrested on September 30 and held at the Gigiri Police Station. Maribe’s fiancé Joseph Irungu had been seized five days earlier and was held in police custody at the Muthaiga station.
Monica was found dead at her apartment in Kilimani with the throat slit and hands tied.
The body was discovered by her brother George inside a bathtub at her home in Lamuria Gardens off Denis Pritt Road, Nairobi on September 19, hours after she had arrived from Juba.
Police suspect money was the reason for her murder. She was buried on September 29 at the family home in Gilgil with the family calling for justice.
More than 15 people were questioned in the probe. They include Bryan Kassaine who is the neighbour to Maribe and Irungu.
Kassaine had been arrested after it was established Irungu used his gun to try to commit suicide in their house at Royal Park estate, Langata after the murder of Monica. Kassaine is now a state witness in the matter.