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DPP says Maribe will scare witnesses on TV. Detained till next week

DPP says Maribe will scare witnesses on TV. Detained till next week

Director of Public Prosecution is seeking to stop Citizen TV news anchor Jacque Maribe from anchoring news if her bail application is granted.

State counsel Catherine Mwaniki claimed that the anchor should be barred from the screen as she is in a position to influence some of the witnesses.

“We do not mind her taking any other role but what option is she giving the court?
To come out openly in the media noting that the witnesses we are looking for instance a charcoal seller being informed that they are coming to testify against the news reader," the lawyer Catherine said.

The TV star is together with his boyfriend Joseph Irungu accused of brutally killing miss Monica Kimani on September 19 at Lamuria Gardens Apartment in Kilimani.

The duo were on October, 24 charged afresh at the High Court after the prosecutor was allowed to alter the charge sheet to include the statement, that they committed the offence with others not before court.

DPP assistant stated that Maribe should be denied bail so as not to mingle with members of the public who she is likely to manipulate.

"There is a high possibility that while mingling with the members of the public, she is likely to take advantage to influence the witnesses," she added.

Jacque Maribe's lawyer Katwa kigen said that she has cooperated all through and hence she deserved to be released.

High court Judge James Wakiaga granted Maribe and Irungu six more day in police custody until October 30,
when the court will rule on their bail application and whether Maribe will be allowed to read news if released.
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