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Kenya TV star pleads not guilty to murder charge

Prominent Kenyan TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu have pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder at a court in the capital Nairobi.

Prominent Kenyan TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu have pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder at a court in the capital Nairobi.
Prominent Kenyan TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu have pleaded not guilty to a charge of murder at a court in the capital Nairobi.

They are accused of killing businesswoman Monica Kimani, whose body was discovered in a bathtub last month with her hands tied behind her back and her throat slit.

Last week the court ordered Maribe to undergo a psychiatric evaluation in order to decide whether she was fit to stand trial.

The couple are due back in court on Wednesday.

Maribe and Jowie are accused of murdering Monica at an apartment along Dennis Pritt Road.

The slain businesswoman’s body was found deposited in a bathtub, throat slashed and hands tied to the back.

Jowie was arrested on September 25, being four days after the woman’s body was found.

Maribe and her fiance will remain in custody until Wednesday when the case will be mentioned.

They had applied for bail but Justice Jessie Lessit said the application will be heard by a different court.

The defence lawyers argued that the two have been in police custody for 15 days, hence, it would be improper to detain them further.

Katwa Kigen, appearing for Maribe, had asked the court to compel the prosecution to serve them with investigation file exhibits and statements from witnesses.

But the prosecution lawyers, saying they are not opposed to the bid for bail, sought two weeks to conclude their investigations. BBC News/The Star.