High Court postpones Jowie & Jacque Maribe's judgment after Maribe fell ill

Former TV anchor Jacque Maribe has this morning asked the court to delay the delivery of her judgment in Monica's Kimani murder case after she fell ill.

The court was to pronounce its judgement this morning at 9 am.

But only his former lover Jowie Irungu was present in court.

Maribe's advocate Katwa Kigen urged Trial Judge Grace Nzioka to accommodate her as she is seriously ill.

Katwa said the nature of her ailment is confidential but state prosecutor is Gakoe Gichuhi said the papers should be made available to them. She did not object to the adjournment saying sickness is not something that can be controlled.

Maribe said she expects to be well recovered within the next seven days.

She also stated she is willing to go to Naivasha where the trial Judge usually sits for delivery of the judgement.

"She is greatly indisposed. She was not able to come to court. She had intended to be here," said Katwa.

Both her parents were however available in court. This Katwa said is a clear indication that she wished to be in court.

Katwa subsequently sought for an adjournment saying it's the only time she has not attended court.

Jowie through his advocate professor Hassan Nandwa said they were ready to proceed but willing to indulge Maribe as sickness is not a matter of choice. The same applies to the victims family. They asked for a nearer date saying they have been anxious to know the outcome of the matter.

After hearing from all parties, Justice Nzioka allowed the application for adjournment.

But before she allowed it, she disputed claims that it's the first time Maribe has sought an adjournment. The court noted two instances the matter had to be adjourned during hearing due to her unavailability. She further urged all counsels to inform their clients whey the matter has been adjourned as it was ready.

"I understand the anxiety parties have. Let's mke clients appreciate reason for adjournment. Let them be well informed," said Nzioka.

She slated the matter for March 15 and declined Maribes request to have the Judgement delivered in Naivasha where the Judge usually sits owing to resource constraints.