High Court judge James Wakiaga has set February 13, 2020 as the date when Joseph Irungu aka Jowie, the key suspect in Monica Kimani murder case, will know whether he will be released on bail, or not.
Opposed to Jowie’s release, the prosecution told the judge that they fear the suspect will abscond court sessions.
Appearing in court last week, Jowie personally pleaded with the judge, saying he was “suffering” in prison.
Jowie also told the judge that he failed to understand why he was being kept behind bars, yet he had already surrendered his travel documents, including his passport, to the court.
“The second accused [Jacque Maribe] is out on bond, yet I am still detained. I am not a flight risk; I surrendered my passport to the court, and I have no business traveling out of Kenya,” he said.
In an interview with the Daily Nation last week, Jowie said he was locked up in an isolated room, which harboured a lot of mosquitoes at night.
The suspect’s lawyer, Hassan Nandwa, on Thursday, November 28, told Justice Wakiaga that Jowie will live with his parents in Nakuru, and, therefore, “the court should not worry that tracking him down will be difficult”.
“I plead with the court to release my client so that he can go look after his parents’ poultry in Nakuru,” said Nandwa.
The judge said he will rule on Jowie’s bail application on February 13, 2020.
Jowie is the chief suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani, who was found dead in her apartment in Kilimani on September 21, 2018.