TV reporter Jacque Maribe and fiance are in court today, charged jointly with the murder of Monica Kimani.
Jacque is reportedly rejected a plea bargain offer by the office of Director of Public Prosecution that could have seen her set her free or face lesser charge in exchange of testify against her love ex-guard/watchman Joseph Irungu aka Jowie.
The court has ordered Ms Maribe be remanded at the Lang’ata Women’s Prison as she awaits a mental assessment to be conducted on her before taking plea, the High Court directed today Tuesday 9th October.
Justice Jessie Lesiit said that Maribe, a second respondent in the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, could not take plea before undergoing a mental examination, which determines if she is fit to stand trial.
Lady Justice Lesiit directed Maribe undergoes a mental test at the Mathari Mental Hospital before being presented in court on Monday, October 15.
Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen had unsuccessfully persuaded the court to have her client take plea before undergoing a mental test. DPP rejected in what was seen as a fishing expedition by the defense team for a mis-trial
The prosecution told the court that Maribe’s co-accused, Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, had already been subjected to mental evaluation, hence fit to take plea.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji recommended that Maribe and her fiance, Jowie, be charged with murder.