Husband of slain Kenyan runner Tirop arrested over wife’s murder


Agnes Tirop

Husband of slain Kenyan runner Agnes Tirop, Ibrahim Rotich, has been arrested over the murder of the record-breaking runner who was stabbed to death in an incident that has shocked her home country and the world of athletics.

The Department of Criminal Investigations revealed that Rotich was arrested on Thursday evening in Mombasa county while trying to flee the country.

Rotich has been named the prime suspect of the gruesome murder of the 25-year-old double world championships medallist and Olympian, who has been hailed as a rising star cut short in her prime.

The statement from the DCI read, “The prime suspect in the gruesome murder of 25-year-old world 5,000m record holder Agnes Tirop, has been arrested.

“Ibrahim Rotich, who was in a relationship with the athlete was arrested moments ago in Changamwe, Mombasa county, as he tried to flee to a neighboring country to evade justice.

“Rotich is believed to have killed the two-time World Athletics championships bronze medallist,by stabbing her before going into hiding.

“Tirop’s lifeless body was found lying on her bed Wednesday morning in Iten, with visible stab wounds on her abdomen.

“Earlier in the day (Thursday) at around noon, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Athi River, along Mombasa road, as he desperately escaped out dragnet.

“The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe police station, for more details into the murder, before being arraigned to answer to murder charges.”(Punch)

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