The murder trial of former lovers Joseph Irungu popularly known as Jowie and journalist Jacquie Maribe will be heard in an open court on May 5, 2021.
The two are accused of killing businesswoman Monica Kimani two years ago.
Justice Grace Nzioka ordered the two, in a virtual hearing yesterday, April 21, to appear in an open court to allow lengthy witness cross-examination.
Maribe and Irungu’s defense did not oppose the prosecution’s request to have the remaining seven witnesses testify in open court.
Lady Justice Nzioka adjourned the court, ordering that the matter be heard on May 5.
So far 20 witnesses have testified against Maribe and Irungu.
“Over 20 witnesses have testified so far. There are about seven witnesses to go before the prosecution rests its case,” defense Lawyer David Ayuo told Daily Nation at the Milimani High Court in November 2020.
Among the witness who appeared before the previous judge in the case, Justice James Wakiaga was Lee Omondi, who identified Jowie as the last person seen with Ms Kimani before she was found dead in her house in Nairobi.
Omondi, a friend of the late Monica, described their final moments at her house at Lamuria Gardens Apartments before he left her in the company of Jowie.
Jacque and Jowie have denied murdering Monica on the night of September 19 and September 20, 2018. Her lifeless body was found in her bathroom.