Jacque Maribe is apparently a butt of all sorts of trolls and tackles from inmates at Gigiri police station where she is being locked up.
The Citizen TV journalist was arrested on Saturday evening in relation to the murder of Monica Kimani in Kilimani last week.
She was arraigned in Kiambu High Court on Monday morning where principal magistrate Justus Kituku allowed police to hold her for 11 more days as the investigations continue.
Her lawyer Katwa Kigen told the court that his client was detained under deplorable conditions and she was mocked and intimidated by fellow inmates.
If the court decides to detain the journalist for more days, he said, the magistrate should ensure her rights as a suspect are not violated.
In his ruling, the magistrate granted Mr Kigen’s request and directed that police guarantee Ms Maribe of her safety and security in cell.
He made a reference to a recent incident where a suspect in the attempted murder of a former Mandera county government official died while in police custody.
The court directed that Ms Maribe should not be forced to record any statement in the absence of her lawyer.
Detectives brought Ms Maribe to court at 8.30am and locked her up at the cells as she waited for her date with destiny.
She was taken to court a few minutes after 9am, with the state prosecution making an application to extend her lock-up as they investigate the murder that has also seen the detention of her fiancé Joseph Kuria Irungu.
The prosecutors, led by Assistant Deputy Director Prosecution Jacinta Nyamosi, had asked Mr Kituku to allow police to detain the celebrated new anchor for another 14 days, saying the charges she was facing were serious.
If set free, they told the magistrate, Ms Maribe is likely to interfere with the ongoing investigations.
Among those who were in court included her father Mwangi and her mother, who broke down when the journalist was bundled into a police car.
The news anchor, who broke the news of Ms Kimani’s death on TV, was arrested on Saturday, days after she was interrogated by detectives over case.
At the end, it was 11 more days at Gigiri with mean inmates who are having a fun day being locked up with a celebrated news anchor. Maribe was last year, awarded with the Head of State Commendation award. This is after single handedly covering the Jubilee elections campaigns.
It is believed that she has connections in the State House and some people expect them to reach out to her.
Her fiancé Irungu, the main suspect in the murder, was last week presented before Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate Stella Atambo who allowed police to detain him for 10 more days as they investigate the case.
They cited forensic and ballistic examination of the samples that they took from the suspect’s house and a pending DNA test among other reasons to back up their request.