Embattled Citizen TV anchor Jacque Maribe was on Tuesday remanded at the Lang’ata Women's Prison following a court order by Lady Justice Jessie Lesiit.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji had earlier ordered that Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu alias Jowie be charged with the murder of Monica Kimani.
“I have independently reviewed the evidence so far on record and am satisfied that there exists a prima facie case to warrant criminal prosecution against the following individuals, for the offense of murder contrary to section 203 as read with section 204 of the penal code,” read part of the DPP’s statement.
The journalist on Tuesday arrived at the Milimani Law Courts in the company of her lawyer Katwa Kigen and broke down in tears when she was given a chance to greet her father.
While in the dock, she sat next to her fiancé Irungu, both appearing to be deep in thoughts. This was the first time the two were seen together after news of the brutal murder of Monica broke.
At some point, Maribe was seen hugging and laughing with her dad, as they engaged in deep conversation. It was only when she was in the company of her father that she managed a smile on her face.
The mother of one, however, broke down in tears when Justice Lesiit ordered police to remand her at the Lang'ata Women's Prison until Monday, October 15. The judge also directed Maribe to be taken to the Mathari Hospital for mental assessment.
Tears could be seen flowing down her cheeks as she wiped them with her hands. At one point, Maribe lost her cool and is seen gesturing angrily at a photographer.
A photo of Maribe with tears rolling down her cheeks was posted on the United States of Kiambu Facebook group by former Kiambu MP aspirant Njenga Wamabati, eliciting mixed reactions among Kenyans.
Here are some of the reactions.