Agnes Tirop’s Estranged Husband Ibrahim Rotich to Remain in Prison Longer


Estranged husband to the late athlete Agnes Tirop, who is facing murder charges, Ibrahim Rotich, will remain in remand prison for more few weeks.

This is after an Eldoret High Court on Friday failed to hear and give a ruling on his bail application.

A hearing for the application filed about two months ago had been set for April 1, 2022, but parties in the case were informed that Justice Reuben Nyakundi who was to hear the bail application was not available.

Ibrahim Rotich, a prime suspect in the murder of Agnes Tirop when he was presented to the court

The judge had traveled to Nandi High Court to preside over other matters, the court was told.

Failure for the bail application to be heard means Ibrahim Rotich, the prime suspect in the murder of the promising athlete will remain at the Eldoret GK Remand Prison longer.

The application will be coming up for mention on April 27, 2022.

A lifeless body of Agnes Tirop was found in her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County in October 2021.

AK in a statement said Agnes Tirop’s body was found at her home in Iten “after she was allegedly stabbed by her husband.”
Kenyan athlete, the late Agnes Tirop. Photo Source: Twitter/AK

She had been stabbed to death, allegedly by her husband, following what is believed to be a domestic wrangle.

The husband, Ibrahim Rotich, who has since pleaded not guilty, was arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa County, on October 15, 2021, a few days after the athlete’s death.

Police believe he was trying to flee to the neighboring country.

Ibrahim Rotich when he was arrested in October 2021.

Agnes Tirop, who died aged 25, had represented Kenya at the Tokyo Olympics, placing 4th in the women’s 5,000m.

She had also won 10,000m bronze at each of the last two World Athletics Championships among many other accolades that include coming fourth in the 5000m at Tokyo 2021, bronze
medals at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m.

Agnes Tirop also broke the women-only record in the women’s 10km at the Adidas Road to Records Race in Germany, with a time of 30:01, and won the World Cross Country title in 2015, making history as the second youngest medalist at that level.

The last edition of the World Cross Country Tour staged at Lobo Village in Kapseret, Eldoret was named after her.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago speaks during the launch of Agnes Tirop Memorial World Cross Country Tour in Eldoret

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