Jowie names his dad as surety in his Kamiti exit strategy

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Jowie (Joseph Irungu) has lodged his third appeal seeking to be released on bail pending his trial for allegedly killing businesswoman Monica Kimani in a Kilimani apartment.

Jowie maintains his innocence over the chilling murder of  Monica at her Lamuria Gardens Apartment on the night of September 19, last year, saying that  the truth would come out once the trial is complete.

In his application, Jowie says he will not interfere with any witnesses if released because they are under witness protection.

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Through lawyer David Ayuo, the suspect says he will make sure he attends court as and whenever required as his father is ready to stand surety for him if released.

“My parents are ready and willing to accommodate me at our family home in Nakuru during the pendency of this trial,” he says.

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Jowie lodged his third bid after spending several months at Kamiti Maximum Security Prison after Justice James Wakiaga denied him bail in October,  last year. 

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This comes few months after Jowie claimed that he is being tortured in prison.

According to Irungu’s lawyers, not only was he being mistreated but also denied medical attention for his gunshot wound, with painkillers being the only medication he has received.

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 “My client has not been given the specialised treatment at KNH (Kenyatta National Hospital)…we are also told that he was transferred to Kamiti and there are issues that have been raised by Jowie in regards to torture,” his lawyers told Justice James Wakiaga.

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“He was denied admission at KNH…Despite the family paying Ksh.20,000 for his admission as advised by one doctor the hospital denied him admission,” the lawyers said.

In denying him bail, the court ruled that he had no known assets in the country, has extensively travelled to Middle East  and his willingness to surrender the passport is no guarantee that he will not jump bail or abscond.

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Jowie is charged alongside Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe who is out on Sh1 million cash bail. Prosecution, through Catherine Mwaniki, told the court it will supply witness statements within 14 days.

However, Justice Wakiaga on Tuesday granted the prosecution more time to respond to the application before the hearing on May 21.

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The court also directed the prosecution to supply the defence with the remaining witness statements after Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen said the State is yet to supply them.

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