DPP denies Jacque Maribe access to her car, tells court it's exhibit

Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu (Jowie) at a Milimani court on Wednesday, October 17. /COLLINS KWEYU
Jackie Maribe and Joseph Irungu (Jowie) at a Milimani court on Wednesday, October 17. /COLLINS KWEYU

TV Journalist Jacque Maribe who is facing murder charge will not get her car yet because the state says it is an exhibit in the matter.

On Tuesday, the Prosecution informed the court that government chemist is not done analyzing the car due to lack of some reagents and once the analysis is completed and the vehicle can be handed over to her.

It also emerged in court that the prosecution is yet to supply both Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu aka Jowie with statements from protected witnesses because the witness protection agency is in the process of reducing them.

Maribe and Irungu are facing murder of Monicah Nyawira Kimani which occurred on the September 19.

When the case came up for a mention, Irungu raised complaints that he has not been taken for surgery but only been subjected to physiotherapy at the Kenyatta National Hospital and sought to be allowed to seek further treatment in a different hospital.

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Irungu had told the court that his left arm risks not functioning if he is not accorded the right treatment in good time.

In the event he is not allowed to seek treatment at an alternative hospital, he said, the court should consider granting him bail.

However, Dr Benjamin Obwire who is specialist in plastic and rehabilitative surgery at Kenyatta National Hospital took to the witness dock and said that Irungu does not need any surgery based on tests run by the hospital.

Irungu did not also have an open wound on the hand except scars, he said.

The tests, the doctor said, revealed that even though Irungu did not have an injury to his nerve the axons in his nerves in the left hand have been affected.

An axon, or nerve fibre, is a long slender projection of a nerve cell, or neuron, that conducts electrical impulses away from the neuron's cell body or soma.

Axons are in effect the primary transmission lines of the nervous system, and as bundles, they help make up nerves.

In his view what Irungu needed was a rehabilitative treatment which includes physiotherapy and occupational therapy to help the axons grow back.

The doctor noted that the axons grow back slowly depending on the distance they have to cover which makes it difficult for him to say an exact number of days it will take in Irungu's case.

The findings he shared with the court are based on an MRI test conducted on Irungu on November 30, he said.

He also noted that if Irungu wanted a second opinion on the matter he is free to seek.

The case will be mentioned again on February 28.

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