In Summary
  • The deal with prosecutors which will see him testify against the others.
  • He will appear at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters every Thursday for the next two months to facilitate investigations.

Bryan Kassaine Spira, one of the three suspects arrested in connection with the killing of Monica Nyawira Kimani, is a free man, thanks to a deal with prosecutors which will see him testify against the others.

It is the prosecution which applied for his release on bail, virtually guaranteeing his freedom.

It is not expected that he will get full immunity for the serious charges he faces of handling an unlicensed gun, which carries a penalty of a minimum seven years in jail, or a maximum of 15 years.

Mr Kassaine has not signed an agreement with the prosecution yet, according to Nation sources, but it is standard practice that the suspect will plead guilty to charges and in exchange for his testimony, the prosecution will get him a lighter sentence.

REQUEST

Mr Kassaine is unlikely to serve any time in prison, going by the centrality of his evidence in the highly publicised murder case in which TV anchor Jacque Maribe and her lover, Mr Joseph “Jowie” Irungu, are accused of killing Ms Kimani at her Lamuria Gardens flat in Kilimani on the night of September 19.

Mr Kassaine is Ms Maribe’s neighbour and also her close friend.

Kiambu Principal Magistrate Justus Kituku allowed an application by the prosecution to release him, but have him appear at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters every Thursday for the next two months to facilitate investigations.

Ms Kimani was found in the bathtub, her throat slit from ear to ear, hands tied at the back and mouth taped shut.

Detective Maxwell Otieno, who is the lead investigator, had asked the court to free Mr Kassaine, who was arrested 13 days ago and direct that he be appearing before the police twice a week for two months.

VIOLATION

But through his lawyer Kepha Ojijo, Mr Kassaine objected to the application, demanding that he be released unconditionally.

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