LEFT: The suspect Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Joe Jowi. RIGHT: The victim Monica Nyawira Kimani. PHOTOS | COURTESYLEFT: The suspect Joseph Kuria Irungu alias Joe Jowi. RIGHT: The victim Monica Nyawira Kimani. PHOTOS | COURTESY
By HILARY KIMUYU

Detectives have arrested the fiancé of a top TV anchor over the murder of a woman whose lifeless body was found in a bathtub in her house in Kilimani last Thursday.

The suspect Joseph Kuria Irungu, alias Joe Jowi, is believed to be one of the men who tied and killed 29 year-old Monica Nyawira Kimani on Thursday in her apartment in Kilimani Estate.

Her throat had been slit.

Mr Irungu got engaged to TV anchor  Jacque Maribe in July at a colourful ceremony that was streamed live on Instagram.

GUNSHOT WOUND

Police have also questioned Jacque Maribe after she admitted she had taken him to hospital on Friday with a gunshot wound.

According to the police, the suspect reported to Langata Police Station that he was shot by unknown people after he had dropped the journalist on Friday morning at Royal Park Estate.

A source privy to the investigation of the murder of Monica say that the suspect’s mobile phone was traced to Luciane Apartments, on Kitale Lane off Denis Pritt Road, the house where she was found dumped in a bathtub and with the water still running.

Police sources say an analysis of Irungu’s mobile phone data shows that he communicated with the deceased, arranged and her picked from the airport and drove her to her house at Kilimani estate.

A neighbour told detectives that he saw a man dressed in a kanzu leave the deceased’s house on the night she died. The neighbor positively identified him at a police parade on Tuesday morning.

Coincidentally, the deceased was scheduled to travel to Dubai were the suspect works as a security guard for vacation on the day her body was found in the apartment.

Police have also interviewed the news anchor, to try and corroborate the story.

Detectives handling the case say that his story does not match because there were no gunshots reported on the night he says he was shot.

GUARDS INTERVIEWED

They have interviewed the guards who were on duty and none of them heard any gunshots on that night.

“We have not established the motive of the shooting. No spent cartridge was recovered at the scene but the probe is ongoing,” said an officer aware of the incident.

The deceased, who used to live alone, is said to have last been seen on Wednesday night in the company of her two friends.

Relatives had to break into the apartment after she failed to pick phone calls.

“I came to check on her since my mother had called and she wasn’t picking. I sent her a message but she never replied yet we were to meet, since,” said a relative.

The relatives say Monica had just returned from South Sudan where she runs a family business.
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