Top Kenyan news anchor to be charged with murder

Kenya’s public prosecutor has confirmed that TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiancé will be charged with the murder of a woman in Nairobi.

Jackie Maribe, a news anchor with Citizen Television, is expected to plead on Monday after a mental assessment is done.

Ms Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Kuria Irungu were in court together for the first time after appearing separately in previous hearings.

The court heard that both will be charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani, whose body was discovered in a bathtub last month with her hands tied behind her back and her throat slit.

But the prosecution want to confirm Jackie’s state of mind through a medical assessment before formally charging her.

A police affidavit presented previously in court said Mr Kuria was positively identified to have been at the home of the deceased on the night of the murder, and that he drove Ms Maribe’s car to the deceased’s residence.

Police are convinced that they were together on the night Ms Kimani was murdered. Police also say they recovered crucial evidence from the detained couple’s shared apartment.

This is the second high profile case in recent weeks to have created a social media frenzy.

In a separate case, a governor, Okoth Obado, is also in custody after being charged with the murder of his pregnant lover, who was discovered in a forest with seven stab wounds.

Mr Obado has denied the charges and is awaiting a ruling on his bail application which is set for Friday.

Written By: Ferdinand Omondi

First Published 09.10.18: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/live/world-africa-45783166

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