The Monica Kimani murder trial resumed on Tuesday. And eight more witnesses have lined up to testify by the prosecution on 25th and 26th of October and on 11th and 15th of November.

One of the witnesses in Monica Kimani murder case told the High Court that Jowi Irungu shot himself following an argument that ensued between him and his co-accused Jacque Maribe.

Brian Kasaine, who was Maribe’s neighbour at Royal Park Estate in Lang’ata, said Jowie exhibited signs of a disturbed person a few days after news of Monica Kimani’s death broke.

Kasaine said that Jowie called him via WhatsApp at 2 am on September 20, 2018.

“I was asleep with my wife, when his call woke me up. He inquired if I had paraffin in my house. I asked him why he needed the paraffin, and he said there were things he wanted to burn. I, thereafter, told him that I did not have the flammable substance,” said Kasaine adding said it was unusual for Jowie to call him that late.

Kasaine said at 3 pm on that day, he met Jowie in the estate. “He appeared disturbed and in deep thought,” said the witness.  He went there to borrow a car to pick his son from school.

The following day on September 21, at around 1 am, Kasaine heard someone knocking strongly on his gate. When he responded, he found Jowie lying on the ground near the gate. I walked to the gate and heard a scream, like someone in agony. I found Irungu lying in front of my gate bleeding. I asked him what had happened and saw his upper left chest area bleeding heavily.

His fiancée, Maribe, was standing near him, shaking and had her phone in the hands. “Maribe told me Jowie had shot himself,” said the witness.

Jowie was immediately attended to at the Nairobi West Hospital, but couldn’t be admitted because of insufficient admission funds. The hospital wanted Sh50,000 paid upfront, said Kasaine.

According to the witness, Jowie had earlier confessed to him that he had stabbed someone on September 19, but he didn’t disclose the identity of his victim. He said that jokingly, he asked Jowie the purpose of paraffin and he replied that, “I was with Mo yesterday for an assignment and he stabbed somebody.

Both Jowie Irungu and Jacque Maribe are out on bond as the case progresses.

By Wanjiru Mbaru

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