Journalist Jackie Maribe’s might lose her job after the state yesterday opposed her release on bail, saying her appearance on TV will intimidate witnesses.
Prosecution counsel Catherine Mwaniki told Justice James Wakiaga that it will be unfair if Maribe continues to appear on TV screens, especially when witnesses have to testify against her. She urged the court to consider her profession when ruling on whether to grant her bail.
“I urge you to consider that the second accused person is a news anchor and if released on bail, the court should give alternative conditions to ensure she does not intimidate the witnesses,” she said.
Mwaniki said Maribe is associated with influential people and it is likely she will interfere with and intimidate key prosecution witnesses.
She told the court that Maribe’s account in the murder case is not entirely truthful and her argument she is a single mother and needs to tend to her son is not enough, as she has a supportive family that can take care of the child.
But Maribe’s lawyer Katwa Kigen said her employment is a stand-alone and should not be cited as a reason to deny her bail.
Maribe and her fiancé Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, have been in remand for one month now after they were charged with the gruesome murder of Monica Kimani.
Yesterday, the two were charged afresh after the prosecution amended the charge sheet to include “other suspects not before court”.
Mwaniki said the charges are serious and attract a death penalty.
She said investigations are underway and the suspects would interfere with the case if freed.
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