Prime suspect over Tirop’s murder arrested

The late Agnes Tirop. (Courtesy)

Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of the late world 5,000m record holder Agnes Tirop has been arrested over her killing.

The 25-year old two-time world 10,000m bronze medallist was allegedly stabbed to death by Rotich on Wednesday at their home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

Tirop’s lifeless body was found lying on her bed with visible stab wounds on her abdomen.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Rotich was arrested moments ago in Changamwe, Mombasa County, as he tried to flee to a neighboring country to evade justice.

Rotich’s arrest comes barely a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta ordered the police to expedite investigations into the killing of Tirop who was part of Team Kenya at the Olympics Games in Tokyo.

‘Rotich is believed to have killed the two-time World Athletics championships bronze medallist,by stabbing her before going into hiding,” read a statement on DCI’s Facebook page.

“Earlier in the day at around noon, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Mlolongo, along Mombasa road, as he desperately escaped our dragnet.”

The suspect is currently being grilled by detectives at Changamwe Police Station for more details into the murder, before being arraigned in court to answer to murder charges.

Author: Otieno Kumu

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