DPP Concerned Over Jacque Maribe's Mental State

  • Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi (left) with Jacque Maribe (left) in court in 2019
    Digital Strategist Dennis Itumbi (left) with Jacque Maribe (left) at a Nairobi court in 2019
  • The State Prosecutor on Wednesday, September 29, asked the court to help determine the mental state of media personality Jacque Maribe in the Monica Kimani case.

    Catherine Mwaniki, who is the State Prosecutor told the court that Maribe's lawyer Katwa Kigen had previously indicated that his client was depressed over the charges she is facing.

    The prosecutor raised concern and asked the court to determine if Maribe is mentally stable to follow the case proceedings.

    She told the court that for the trial to continue Maribe should undergo a mental test arguing that all accused persons need to be declared fit to stand trial.

    A file photo of journalist Jacque Maribe
    A file photo of journalist Jacque Maribe

    “We have to know whether the second accused is mentally fit to follow the proceedings and to continue with the trial and confirm that she is not depressed,” Mwaniki stated.

    “If she is not well, we need to have a mental assessment since all the accused have to be mentally fit to continue with the trial," she added.

    The court heard that Maribe could be in a state of depression having been weighed down by the ongoing trial in the demise of Monica Kimani.

    On Tuesday, September 28, a witness who shed light on the demise of the Kenyan businesswoman claimed that he received unusual text messages from Kimani on the night she passed on.

    The witness told the court he received a text from Monica asking him to go spend the night with her which was strange to him since he had known her for less than a month.

    He told the court that he met Monica at her home at 9:20 pm on September 18, 2018, after he drove to her apartment but he did not enter her house.

    “She came to the parking lot, hugged and told me she wanted to go back immediately because she had two visitors in her house, a Lebanese man and another man, whom she said worked as a security guard at State House, Nairobi."

    “At 11 pm, I received the strange love message from Monica, asking me to go and help her sleep. I tried calling her, but both her Kenyan and South Sudanese cellphone lines were not going through. I texted her, but she did not respond,” the witness testified. 

    Joseph 'Jowie' Irungu's lawyer cross-examined the witness and asked about the nature of his relationship with Monica to which he responded they were just friends.

    Media personality Jacque Maribe and Joseph 'Jowie' Irungu
    Media personality Jacque Maribe and Joseph 'Jowie' Irungu
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