Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, the key suspect in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani has finally been granted a Sh2 million cash or an alternative Sh3 million bond.Justice James Wakiaga on Thursday accepted Jowie’s application after the prosecution failed to produce compelling reasons to continue detaining him. Jowie, however, has been ordered to report to his local chief once a month.He was also asked to surrender his travel documents.Jowie initially had unsuccessfully asked the court to release him on bail on various occasions. In November last year, Jowie was forced to spend his second Christmas in jail after Justice Wakiaga pushed the ruling of his bail application to February 13, 2020.
He had applied a fresh bail application a week earlier claiming he has been suffering at the Kamiti Maximum Prison where he had been remanded since September 2018.Jowie also argued that his co-accused Jacque Maribe was released on bail he was still in prison.“My second accused (Jacque Maribe) was granted bail and she never absconded court. I deserve the same,” he said.Jowie and Maribe denied killing 28-year-old Kimani on September 19, 2018.They were charged on October 15, last year.Maribe was released on bond but Jowie remained in custody.
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