A prosecution witness in the murder of Nairobi businesswoman Monica Kimani told the High Court on Tuesday, September 29, that Joseph Irungu, popularly referred to as Jowie, destroyed evidence.
Brian Kasaine, a neighbour to Irungu who lived with journalist Jacque Maribe, said the suspect used fuel and air freshener to burn the evidence.
He told the court Jowie made a WhatsApp call to him at 2am on September 20, 2018, asking for something flammable such as paraffin or a can of air freshener.
"I told him I did not keep such things in my house. I asked what he wanted to do with paraffin and if he had a stove but he said he wanted to burn some staff," the witness told court.
Kasaine added Jowie later told him he had found paraffin which he used to burn some items in the compound.
He gave his side of the story in a case where Jowie and Maribe were accused of killing Kimani at her house in Kilimani on September 19, 2018.
He also told the court the duo were fighting, and the journalist had evicted Jowie from her house that day.
"I found clothes scattered on the ground and Irungu was shouting at Maribe saying: You want to throw me out of your house, it's fine."
Another witness in the murder case revealed he received a 'strange' message from the businesswoman on the night she died.
Testifying before Justice Grace Nzioka at Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday, September 28, Anthony Kariuki said he was surprised to receive the message from Kimani as they had known each other for less than a month.
In the message sent from Kimani’s Kenyan cell phone at 11pm on September 18, 2018, the business lady had asked Kariuki to spend the night with her.
Kimani was found dead in a bathtub and her hands tied with white straps in her Kilimani house on September 19, 2018.
Jowie, the main suspect in Monica's murder, was arrested and spent 18 months behind bars. He was released on KSh 2 million cash bail on March 11, 2020.
The slain businesswoman was laid to rest on September 28, 2018, at her parents' home in Kenyakairi village, Gilgil, Nakuru county.