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Jowie's counsel had requested a maximum of seven days to evaluate other reports regarding his sentence. 

Lady Justice Grace Nzioka has postponed the sentencing of Jowie Irungu which was supposed to take place on Friday, March 8.

In the new order, she rescheduled the matter to Wednesday, March 13.

"Allow me to then confirm that this matter has been rescheduled to March 13, 2024, at 11:30," she stated.

Nzioka noted that the postponement came after parties filed the reports late prompting Jowie's counsel to request for an adjournement. The parties included submissions by the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), the victim's family and Jowie's lawyer.

File image of Lady Justice Grace Nzioka. PHOTO | COURTESY

She lamented that the ODPP filed the pre-sentencing report last evening while the victim's family filed its submissions on Friday morning.

Owing to the late submissions, Jowie's counsel requested a maximum of seven days to evaluate them.

However, Nzioka turned down their request indicating that it would drag the sentencing procedure.

Jowie's lawyer wanted to examine the written submissions to argue their case during the reading of the sentence.

Following the delay in submission of the key documents, Lady Justice Grace Nzioka directed Jowie's counsel to submit their client's report on Monday next week.

This she noted will allow her more time to evaluate their concerns which will then be considered during sentencing.

Past Ruling

While delivering the judgement at the Milimani Law Courts on Friday, February 9, the judge concluded that Jowie murdered Monica Kimani. 

Justice Nzioka on the other hand acquitted Maribe on the murder charge.

Following the verdict, Justice Nzioka cancelled Jowie's bond noting that he will be held in custody till March 8, 2024, when sentencing will be done. 

Before arriving at the final decision, Justice Nzioka raised six questions: whether Jowie Irungu knew Monica prior to her death, whether he stole and used the stolen I.D to access where the deceased was staying, whether the clothes he was wearing implicate him in the commission of the offence, whether he was in the deceased house and whether he was the last person to be seen with the deceased, whether he had a gun and whether he was positively identified on the identification parade.