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


The suspect in the murder of Monica Kimani, Mr Joseph Irungu Kuria, is set to be arraigned at the Kiambu Law Courts on Wednesday.

The suspect spent the night at the Kilimani Police Station after he was arrested in Langata on Tuesday morning.

He was arrested after Monica’s neighbours, a Lebanese national and a man identified as Owen, positively identified him as the man who was last seen at the interior designer’s house a day after she jetted into the country from South Sudan where she works.


Detectives investigating the matter said Mr Irungu’s phone data had shown that he was at Monica’s house at Luciane Apartments along Dennis Pritt Road.


It further showed that the victim and the suspect had been communicating for long.

It has since been established that the two were college-mates at the Kenya Polytechnic and have been in a cordial relationship since then, even meeting in Kenya, the United Arab Emirates and in other places.

The two witnesses told police a day before Monica was found dead that a man who identified himself as Joe arrived at the house dressed in a white kanzu and a cap with grey and blue colours.


The two who were in Monica’s house when ‘Joe’ arrived, went to the kitchen and returned with a glass of wine to the living room where he sat and was constantly on phone.

They said he rarely talked, but the interaction with the host showed that they were close.

After a few minutes with ‘Joe’ and Monica at the A8 apartment located on the third floor, the witnesses said, they (witnesses) left.

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