A trial court in Nairobi has directed that Jackie Maribe, the sensational TV siren known to wine, dine and rub with the high and mighty, to undergo a mental test before pleading to a charge of murder.
She was taken to court after DPP Noordin Haji ” independently reviewed the evidence so far on record and (was) satisfied that there exists a prima facie(read watertight ) case to warrant a criminal prosecution…”
Maribe was arrested after being linked to the murder of Monica Nyawira Kimani whose body was found dumped in a bathtub in her house and throat slit, Illuminati- cartel style.
Justice Jessie Lessit directed that she be detained at the Lang’ata Women prison while her lover, Jowie Joseph Irungu at Industrial area till October 15 2018 when they return to plead to the murder charge.
A mental assessment is precedes the processing of murder suspects in court before they plead to the charge.
“We are yet to take a mental exam for the second accused(Maribe) and request for time for her to be taken to Mathare Hospital for the test,” prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki said.
Maribe’s lawyer, Katwa Kigen, vehemently opposed the idea of taking his client for the mental test, at one point even imploring the court to gloss over this procedure for the sake of Jackie, whom he said is mentally stable by the look of it and that she had been in custody for long.
“It would be unfair to have (Jackie) be taken for mental assessment until October 15 2018 since she has been in custody for more than ten days,” Kigen submitted.
Off his tail
At the same time, Jowie’s lawyer, Cliff Ombeta, opposed the plea being differed saying his client is in need of urgent medical attention.
“His hand is now paralysed , he cannot do anything with it anymore , it has gone numb, it is swollen from inside and pus is oozing from it,” Ombeta said.
Jowie is said to have shot himself after allegedly murdering Kimani at her apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi on September 19 2018.
Police believe it may have been a self inflicted wound to sway investigators off his tail.
Justice Lessit directed that Jowie be escorted for treatment at KNH by prison authorities.
The court heard that only Jowie had undergone the crucial mental assessment test which indicates “he is fit to stand trial.”
Mwaniki told the judge that the prosecution intends to oppose bail for the two lovers linked to the gruesome murder of Monica, the 28 year old business lady they are said to have known just too well.
The judge directed that an affidavit opposing bail be filed in court before the October 15 2018.
A third suspect in the gory murder case, Brian Kassaine, has since been released and will be a state witness.