The murder trial of Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu has been adjudicated by the High Court to take place on January 26, 2024.
For the second time, the High Court has delayed its decision in the murder case involving former TV host Jacque Maribe and her ex-fiance, Joseph Irungu, also known as Jowie.
Judge Grace Nzioka announced that the case had been postponed until January 26, 2024, due to the receipt of exhibits last night (December 14) by the prosecution.
“This judgment is not ready because I received the exhibits and I need ample time to write it,” said Justice Nzioka.
She ordered the parties to appear in court for the ruling on January 26, 2024.
Judge Nzioka said she received the exhibits on Thursday night and had therefore not prepared the judgment.
“I am very sorry to all the parties, I received the exhibits very late, I received them last night, (and) I have not prepared the judgment,” Justice Nzioka said as she adjourned the case.
Defence lawyers Katwa Kigen for Maribe and Prof Hassan Nandwa for Jowie agreed with the judge.
The defence lawyers, however, protested the delay in the determination of the case and asked for the judgment to be delivered on January 19, 2024, but the judge said she had 21 other murder cases listed for that day.
“The other 21 suspects also deserve to be heard, I need to hear their matters too, I will have to adjourn this judgment to January 26, 2024,” Justice Nzioka ruled.
Because of her illness, the judge had postponed the decision until December 15 in October.
“I am not in a position to deliver this judgment as scheduled. I will allocate it a fresh date,” Justice Nzioka told the accused and their lawyers on October 6.
Her latest orders were issued virtually from her current seat at the Naivasha High Court.
Immediately after the case was adjourned, Ms Maribe collapsed in the corridors, crying uncontrollably.