Murder suspect Joseph “Jowie” Irungu now risks going back to remand prison after allegedly violating his bail terms.
Irungu is charged alongside former Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe for the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani which occurred in September 2018.
Justice James Wakiaga had in February last year released Irungu on a Sh2 million bail or an alternative Sh3 million bond noting that the prosecution had failed to provide evidence showing why the suspect should continue being detained.
The prosecution now wants Irungu’s bond canceled arguing that he has violated terms issued by the court.
In an application filed in court, the prosecution alleges that the suspect had assaulted a man at Club 1824.
An affidavit sworn by Chief Inspector Maxwell Otieno, indicates that Jowie got into a fight at club 1824 in March this year while out on bail.
“On March 7 while at 1824 Jowie assaulted Rodgers Okuta but even though the complaint was withdrawn, it is quite clear that he has proceeded to commit a similar offence or crime resulting in bodily injury of another person while out on bail,” the affidavit reads.
Further, the prosecution says the suspect has flouted orders barring him from commenting, discussing and posting anything in regard to the murder case by giving interviews to two YouTubers.
“We pray that this honourable court affirms that Jowie’s bail stands canceled and proceeds to commit him at Industrial Area remand prison or any other remand prison,” the officer said.
The court was also told that the suspect does not live with his parents who reside in Nakuru.
Justice Wakiaga had directed Irungu to report to his local chief at the end of every month. The authorities were required to submit monthly reports to the court but none has been submitted so far.
“I have confirmed that the accused does not live with parents at Nguta Estate Nakuru County and does not assist his parents with their poultry farming as he is not living with them,” Otieno said.
The court was told that the accused works with a private firm in Nairobi where he lives.
According to the prosecution, the suspect is a regular client at Club 1824.
He is alleged to have relocated to Lang’ata, an area, the prosecution says, is a secondary crime scene and the locality of the potential witnesses who are yet to testify in the murder case.
The court will give a ruling on the matter on September 28, 2021.
Prior to his release, Irungu, who has since released a gospel song, had made several applications to be granted bail saying he was suffering in prison.
He requested the court to free him citing the case of his co-accused and ex-fiancee who was in 2018 granted Sh1 million cash bail.