Jowie found guilty in Monica Kimani murder


The court has found Jowie Irungu guilty for the murder of Monica Kimani.

Justice Grace Nzioka stated that Jowie stole the ID two days prior, armed himself with a gun, carried a kanzu and put it over his clothes, gained access to the apartment of the deceased and murdered Monica Kimani.

“He left the house, changed his clothes, and eventually went home and burnt the clothes which he wore during the commission of the offense,” she added.

“All this evidence taken leaves a strong conclusion that Irungu murdered Monica Kimani.”

Nzioka emphasized, “The death occurred, cause of the death, the first accused committed the offense. It was not a case of homicide but unlawful. I find Jowie guilty as charged herein of the offense of murder.”

In her ruling on Friday, Justice Grace Nzioka emphasized that the prosecution “has adduced sufficient evidence and has met the threshold.”

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“The person who killed the deceased did not intend to give her even one minute to survive. It is my considered opinion and finding that the perpetrator intended instant death,” Justice Grace Nzioka asserted.

She continued, stating that Jowie “had a ‘know-how on how to kill’.”

Justice Grace Nzioka noted that Jowie knew Monica Kimani before her death, refuting his claim of not knowing her before the incident.

“The court finds that the first accused person was known to the deceased because they were together at Kenya Polytechnic. They were in the same class taking the same course,” she said.

Monica’s body was discovered at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment located on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road in Kilimani.

Jowie and Jacque Maribe have been on trial since 2018, with the prosecution having called 35 witnesses, while the defense did not call any witnesses.

Justice Nzioka also highlighted corroborative evidence regarding the clothes Jowie Irungu wore when Monica Kimani was killed.

“In her ruling, Nzioka also said that Joseph ‘Jowie’ Irungu was in slain Monica Kimani’s house.”

“It is the finding of this court that the first accused person was in the deceased house on the material date and he was the last person to be seen with the deceased,” she stated.

Kimani’s body was discovered in a bathtub with her throat slit, her hands and feet tied behind her back, and her mouth taped shut. Police indicated that the murder would have required more than one person to execute.

Kimani, 27, held a diploma in International Relations from Kenya Polytechnic and was managing her father’s company, Milile Paul General Trading Company, at the time of her death.

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