May 22, 2024

Bible verse Justice Grace Nzioka quoted before sentencing Jowie to death

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Bible verse Justice Grace Nzioka quoted before sentencing Jowie to death

High Court judge, Justice Grace Nzioka sentenced Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, to death after convicting him of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani

High Court judge, Justice Grace Nzioka sentenced Joseph Irungu, alias Jowie, to death after convicting him of the murder of businesswoman Monica Kimani. 

Judge Nzioka found Jowie guilty on Friday, February 9 of the horrific murder of Monica Kimani in her Nairobi apartment on September 20, 2018.

She then went on to prepare a sentence, which she gave on Wednesday, March 13. 

As she reiterated that she had examined the information presented during the trial and balanced it in accordance with the law to determine the most appropriate and proportionate sentence, the judge stressed the significance of the sentencing phase of any trial.

The judge dwelt on the manner in which the killing was planned and executed and ruled out rehabilitation, compensation, and reconciliation as possible options for her sentencing. 

She cited evidence that proved the convict intricately planned and used his expert tactics to kill Kimani and also referred to the Bible, reiterating that there was no justification for taking away anyone’s life. 

“The photographs we saw cannot be displayed for the benefit of the family. No one would like to look at them again, not once, not twice. He did not give the deceased a chance to survive, not even for a minute. The offence: It’s a tragic loss of life. Even the defence joined the prosecution in concluding that it was a gruesome murder, horrific, and frightening. 

“This murder was not accidental. It was intentional. It was neither a defensive act nor out of provocation; it was planned, intended, and executed,” Justice Nzioka stated. 

In reference to the Bible, the book of Job 1:12, Nzioka demonstrated how life was sacred and even God himself could not allow the enemy to take it away from his faithful servant Job. 

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“Those who don’t subscribe to the Christian faith bear with me because I do, and that’s the only place I could refer to. In the book of Job 1:12 the New International Version, the Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord,” she cited the scripture. 

The reference was to reiterate why no one was justified in taking away another person’s life and that only God has such powers. 

Justice Grace Nzioka ruled out rehabilitation, reconciliation, and compensation in the sentencing of Jowie. 

The judge noted that even the defence team acknowledged that Monica Kimani was killed in a brutal manner. 

The investigating officer described Jowie as extremely dangerous despite softer perceptions by the clergy and administration. 

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