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Jacque Maribe Could Be Charged With Murder And Face Life Sentence

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Maribe makes her way to the DCI offices to record a statement in Kilimani.

For Citizen TV’s Jacque Maribe, things have taken a sharp twist from what used to be a fantasy and fairytale love story into tragedy. Joseph Irungu, the key murder suspect in the cold hearted killing of Monica Kimani in Kilimani.

Maribe has been a trending character in the story for one, her prominence and the fact that she was supposedly with the suspect moments after the killing had occurred making her a key witness in the case in which Irungu alleges that he was shot at while dropping off Maribe at her house in Lang’ata.

According to police trails, Maribe’s car, a Toyota Allion KCA 031E was spotted at Luciane Apartments in Kilimani where Monica lives. According to neighbors, Joseph, popularly known as Jowi was well known to them and was the last one to be seen out of Monica’s house before her body was discovered the next day. Dressed in a kanzu and a cap, records indicates that he passed through the gates with a fake identity of a Dominic.

Police on Thursday dusted TV journalist Jacque Maribe’s car, Toyota Allion which they have detained at Kilimani police as they continue with investigations. According to police, Irungu was also driving the same car at about 1.30am on September 21, when he claimed to have been shot and wounded in the chest by a gunman who, Irungu said, escaped on a motorbike outside their house.

Detectives dusting Maribe’s car for fingerprints.

Irungu told police that he had picked up Maribe from a club in Kilimani which is incidentally the same neighborhood where Monica was killed and drove her to her house in Royal Park Estate, Lang’ata where he was supposedly shot at the gate after dropping her and this is where all her troubles checks in.

According to the police, there were no spent cartridges at the scene Irungu had alleged to have been short, no neighbor heard gunshots or screams. Irungu told the police that after dropping Maribe, he drove back to the gate where he had noticed suspicious characters and on confrontation, they shot him on the left side of his chest before fleeing off.

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Logically, not unless he knew the said suspicious characters, he’d not drive back to the gate rather than calling the police or the security. Moving on, after he was supposedly shot, Irungu went back to alert Maribe on the incident and she drove him to Nairobi West Hospital. The script on the exact hospital has been changing, last I heard it was at the Mbagathi according to his lawyers in court.

Maribe and Irungu both recorded a statement at the Lang’ata police station where the police dismissed the shooting incident. It was at this point the cops started connecting the dots to the murder incident in Kilimani before arresting him at Maribe’s House. It occurs that she has been housing the fiancé who’s job other than his partying life is unknown. It also discredits the fact that he was dropping her off. He stayed with her and a typical Nairobi fuckboy who was housed and fed by the woman.

Irungu most likely created an alibi with the shooting to disconnect him from the murder scene and you can read from the body language that he’s a manipulative, psychopath and partly smart that he knew the lady’s weaknesses and exploited. He may have made her to corroborate his shooting if at all she wasn’t privy and this puts her in a tight spot.

Homicide detectives have since summoned and interviewed Maribe for a second day running after Irungu the boyfriend was charged with murder signaling at a disturbed path for the blue screen darling.

Police are heavily relying on her testimony to affirm or discredit the shooting as this would give a breakthrough whether Irungu was indeed shot or he created an alibi to mislead investigating authorities. The shooting perhaps an afterthought after realizing he had left all his trails at the murder scene being the last person spotted at Monica’s house or maybe he was indeed shot.

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A lot of inconsistencies have been marked by investigators in the initial testimonies given by the two when they reported the incident at Lang’ata Police station on the very night that Monica was killed. Police are determined to confirm if he indeed picked Maribe up from a Kilimani club and drove her home and on the shooting incident or if it was a lie, having given an affirmative testimony earlier perhaps to defend a spouse, it puts her in much more trouble.

Perhaps it’s in this backdrop that Maribe has hired one of the finest criminal law experts in town, Cliff Ombeta to represent her as grilling continues. Now law practitioners are raising red flags and serious concerns for Maribe.

Detectives dusting the gate of the apartment where Monica’s body was found.

Unconfirmed reports from sources indicate Jacque Maribe may be charged for being an accessory to murder, which carries a life sentence, she is said to have driven her killer boyfriend from the murder scene. In a more conflicting statement, she drove her from Kilimani to Lang’ata. She’s however not being treated as a suspect but a key person of interest in the investigations so far.

One of Kenya’s most prolific lawyers, Donald Kipkorir notes, “In Criminal Law, if you knowingly assist in any way a Person who murders as providing a car, you’ll be charged with Murder; If you didn’t have prior knowledge but got to know about it & you assist him create an alibi, you will be charged with Accessory to Murder Acter the Fact.”

Irungu had used Maribe’s car to the murder scene, he continues, “on conviction for murder, the sentence is only one, Death …. On conviction for Accessory After the Fact to Murder, the sentence is Life Imprisonment.”

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One can only hope that Maribe didn’t help her spouse to create an alibi by corroborating the shooting which if determined, would risk her being charged with murder. Jowie’s life is a mystery as mysterious as ever.

A curious comment made weeks before his arrest.

 

There’s no known job that he holds other than presumed security job in Dubai and Afghanistan where it’s not clear what he does. He travels a lot according to his Instagram page which leaves a lot to desire. Even here in Kenya apart from his hard partying, no one really knows what he does, word on the street is Joe is a professional hit man behind several executions in the city.

Investigators are also pursuing to determine the businesses that the late Monica Kimani was engaged in South Sudan where she worked in the embassy and supposedly ran family businesses. This would help the police in determining the motive of the murder.

Being someone whom has been living with the suspected killer, Maribe would be resourceful in helping the police in piecing up crucial information on his lifestyle and the relationship he had with the victim whom we gather was closer to him.


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Missing Links In Monica Kimani’s Murder As Police Struggle To Nail The Biological Identity Of The Killer Admitting Jowie Is A Hard Nut

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Jowie when he appeared in court.

Detectives continue to patch holes in the murder so foul of Monica Kimani in her apartment even with prime suspect Joseph Irungu aka Jowie and his fiancée Jacque Maribe having taken plea against the murder they’ve been formally charged for.

Missing links in the case which the police described was work of a highly trained assasin who left just enough trails and was smart enough also to throw off the cliff investigators.

Detectives, for example, wondering why Ms Kimani did not struggle as her hands were tied behind her back and her mouth taped shut.

Police are struggling to figure out if Monica was drugged as the two had been taking wine together. Her body did not have injuries consistent with a big struggle against an assailant according to police reports.

There were also no signs of struggle in the apartment, as one would expect. A source privy with the scene analysis told journalists she was tied like a goat before her throat was slit.

Police do not think she was tied in the bathroom, a police source speculating to journalists that she might have been trussed up in the bedroom and taken to the bathroom and killed.

The drugging angle would be consistent with the profile of the killer that the police have: A meticulous planner and trained killer who thought about the crime seriously in advance and covered his tracks, including disguising himself in a kanzu and stealing an identity card for use in getting into Ms Kimani’s apartment.

Assuming that the killer acted alone and was known and trusted by the victim, then the most likely explanation for the lack of a struggle is that he either tricked her to allow herself to be tied, or just drugged her.

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Detectives said they were still trying to conclusively figure out the motive of the murder, and that DNA results were still being analysed.

As it stands, police are relying on circumstantial  evidence and fingerprints dusted from Ms Kimani’s home, wine glasses and furniture have shown that Mr Irungu was in Ms Kimani’s Lamuria Gardens flat, quite probably on the night of September 19. However, the forensics team has not given the DNA results yet.

“It will take time before we can really ascertain the biological identity of the killer,” a detective, who is privy to the investigation told the nation. “We are relying on circumstantial evidence for now, but we have not been successful in getting any important information from the main suspect in our custody. He has not helped much. All he says is that he was not involved in the murder. He is very guarded.”

For now, the source said, detectives have not been able to conclusively establish where Mr Irungu’s main residence or central place of operation. The house believed to have been his previous residence in Nairobi’s Buru Buru Phase 2 estate is currently occupied by another man.

The murder weapon used to slit Ms Kimani’s throat has also not been found.

Determining the biological identity of the killer will need DNA analysis and more so with the killing weapon which is not in the picture. Circumstantial evidence can be punched down by lawyers and even though the DCI exudes confidence that they’ve met the threshold, proving that it was indeed Jowie who slit Monica’s throat is the hurdle.

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Police are however said to be in pursuit of a second suspect said to have been with Jowie that night and the murder weapon which could give a major breakthrough in this case. On the night Jowie was arrested he reportedly bragged to the police that the case won’t go nowhere going to cast questions as to just how much he knows and his silence and non corporation with the police can only mean he’s guilty or covering up for someone seemingly more powerful and buying time to evade the net.


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Britam’s Plan To Use The Courts To Stifle Competition From Cytonn Has Fallen Apart

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Britam Group managing director Benson Wairegi

In a new twist of events, the Court of Appeal yesterday issued orders stopping Britam’s attempt to use the courts to distract its competitor, Cytonn.

It has emerged that Britam might not have lost Ksh1.2 billion under the watch of its former employees, as they claim. Instead, records show that the money was spent on various Britam projects in the country.

Bank records in possession of our investigative desk show that the money that Britam accuses four of its former employees stealing was wired by Britam’s own Fund Administrators from Standard Chartered Bank in Mauritius to Chase Bank in Kenya to different accounts held by Britam and its then Subsidiary, Acorn.

The money was meant for different projects which were initiated by Britam in conjunction with Acorn Group Limited. Acorn was Britam’s partner in real estate development, and even they (Britam) had shares in Acorn.

The money wired from Mauritius was acquired from investors. Mauritius was the preferred destination because of its tax treaty with Kenya hence avoiding double taxation. However, Britam group did not want the projects done for BAAM investors, they wanted the projects done for Britam directors, a move that former employees firmly resisted, hence the attempt by Britam to punish the four, a move that the court of appeal stopped yesterday.

The disbursements were signed by Shiv Arora who was the Investment analyst for Britam, Elizabeth Nkuuku who held the position of a senior portfolio manager and Edwin Dande, the then Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The Investment Committee had already approved the five projects, in which the Ksh1.2 billion was to be used on.

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As stated, only three executives authorised the transactions, putting in question why Britam decided to include Patricia Wanjama in the suit. Sources within Britam intimated to us that the owners of Britam, working through the previous DPP, Keriako Toniko, decided to manipulate the justice system to punish the Cytonn four, who exited Britam to form their own company.

We are in possession of bank statements showing how Britam used the money:

The first Ksh9.9 million was disbursed to Edenvale Developments LLP, a student housing project sitting on a 0.4 acre piece on Jogoo Road, Nairobi.

Another Ksh42.2 million was disbursed to Starling Park Properties LLP, a real estate project on a 0.7 acre piece of land on Gitanga Road, Nairobi, now called 67 Gitanga on Agwings Kodhek.

The third Ksh43.3 million disbursement was made to Crimson Court Developments LLP a real estate project on Riara Road, Nairobi.

Sinopia Properties LLP received Ksh150 .7 million, a project sitting on a 202.9 acre piece of land located in Ollolooitikosh Town.

The final Ksh915.4 million disbursement was made to Mikado Properties LLP a a real estate development sitting on a 28.4 acre piece of land in Mavoko on Mombasa Road.

This case is important to the market because it is about big corporates trying to keep their position by manipulating the Justice system. For a company that is also owned by IFC, Swiss RE and Africinvest, it’s surprising that international investors would be part of bribing the system to so that they dominate the market.

Next we shall explain to you how Britam issued fake statements to investors in their unit linked education policies. Our mole at Britam informed us that the DCI has been investigating Britam about their Mauritius Ponzi Scheme run by previous shareholder, David Rawat.

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While at it, we would like the Director of Criminal Investigations to also investigate these fake unit linked education insurance policies Britam has been peddling to Kenyans using teachers as their agents.


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Regrets, Jacque Maribe Ignores Fiancé Jowie As Couple Reunites In Court As Battle Downs To Katwa Kigen And Cliff Ombeta

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Maribe and Jowie in court.

After the celebrity couple were separated for nearly two weeks as investigations into the murder of Monica Kimani took course, Maribe and Jowie the prime suspect in the case came face to face for the first time in Kilimani court where the duo are to be charged collectively for the murder.

DPP Noordin made the decision to charge both the murder dating evidence collected was strong enough to link the two to the heinous act. Earlier, it was speculated that Maribe would be turned into a state witness and testify against her fiancé who’s the prime suspect in the murder.

In a sharp twist of events, DPP made the decision to collectively charged for the murder. In the investigations, police say that on that night, Maribe and Jowie were in the same company and that Jowie while driving Maribe’s car to Monica’s apartment, was captured in a company of someone.

Police also allege that Jowie attempted to take his life by shooting himself inside Maribe’s bedroom following a disagreement that is yet to be detailed. The clothes worn by Irungu at the crime scene were also partly burned and recovered by police at Maribe’s House. It’s aksomdaid the knife used to commit the crime and which is yet to be found, was from Maribe’s kitchen.

Maribe was initially considered as an accessory to murder by conspiring to mislead investigations, she knowingly lied to the Lang’ata police that Jowie was shot by thugs while in full knowledge of actual act.

Businessman Brian Kassaine who’s also behind bar with his gun having been used by Jowie in the attempted suicide and said to be poised to be charged for being in possession of illegal firearm, could possibly have cut a deal to be a state witness and testify against the murder suspects.

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Jacque Maribe is represented by DP’s ICC lawyer Katwa Kigen while Irungu is represented by seasoned criminal lawyer, Cliff Ombeta.

Updates:

DPP Noordin Haji says there is sufficient evidence to warrant charges against TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her boyfriend Joseph Irungu alias Jowie over the murder of Monica Kimani.

Jowie and Jacque Maribe to be remanded at  Industrial Area and Lang’ata respectively until Monday, Maribe to undergo mental assessment test.


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