Jacque Maribe could face life imprisonment if found guilty

Online users have come out to sympathise with Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe where they have claiming that love betrayed her.

However, the law is different if the popular  anchor is found guilty of murder she could be sentenced to death if the prosecution can prove beyond a reasonable doubt that she is guilty of murder.

According to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji,  Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu, popularly known as Jowie,will be charged with the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani.

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Ms. Kimani was found dead in her apartment with her hands and legs tied, mouth gagged and throat slit. Her body was deposited in a bathtub at her apartment in Kilimani, Nairobi.

Maribe and and her fiance Irungu were arrested in connection with the killing, hence, their arraignment on Tuesday.

However they did not take a plea as the TV anchor has to undergo a mental examination at Mathare hospital. They’ll be remanded until October 15.

According to the law, any person who conspires with any other person to kill any person, whether that person is in Kenya or elsewhere, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for 14 years.

In addition it further states that any person who counsels or procures another person to commit the offence may be charged with the same offence.

A conviction of counselling or procuring the commission of murder attracts the same consequences as a conviction for the offence.

In this case Maribe has been implicated in Monica’s murder by her conduct and association with prime suspect ‘Jowie. According to police, a live 9mm bullet was recovered in her bedroom.

The gun was later linked to the couple’s mutual friend and neighbour, Brian Kasaine who claimed that Jowie used the weapon to shoot himself.

Once convicted of murder, a person is sentenced to death by hanging.

However in Kenya Though death sentences are frequently handed to suspects, the last execution was in July 1987 when Kenya Air Force senior private Hezekiah Ochuka was hanged for his role in the 1982 coup attempt.

Last week, the High Court found journalist Moses Otieno Dola guilty of manslaughter for causing the death of his wife Wambui Kabiru.

High Court Judge Roselyn Korir reduced the murder charge to manslaughter. Kabiru was found dead on May 1, 2011, in their house in Umoja estate.

In March, Ruth Kamande, the woman who stabbed her boyfriend 22 times following a domestic fight, was found guilty of murder.

Justice Jessie Lesiit ruled that the Miss Langata Prison 2016 killed her boyfriend Farid Mohammed.

Last year, the Supreme Court declared the mandatory death sentence as unconstitutional but did not outlaw it.

The ruling gives judges discretion to decide whether to hand down the death sentence or life imprisonment.

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