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Slain Athlete Agnes Tirop’s Husband Released on Bail

The husband to slain athlete Agnes Tirop and the main suspect in her murder case has been granted cash bail and released from jail.

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After being apprehended in Mombasa in October 2021, Tirop’s husband, Ibrahim Rotich, has been freed on a Ksh400,000 bond together with a Ksh500,000 cash or surety bond. The high court in Eldoret through Justice Robert Wananda ordered the release of the suspect yesterday.

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Agnes Tirop
Slain Kenyan athlete, Agnes Tirop. Photo: REUTERS

The probation report and additional conditions for his release were examined by the judge before the decision was made. Through Ngige Ngugi, his attorney, Rotich had filed a second application, this time asking to be released on bond while the murder case was being heard.

Additionally, Rotich’s murder trial was started right away by Justice Wananda. Because of his safety concerns and the prosecution’s insistence that he posed a flight risk, Rotich had previously been denied bail. In order to assist the court in deciding whether to release the suspect on bond or place him under detention, the judge had two months prior directed probation staff to compile another pre-bail report. Rotich had begged the court to take into consideration his request to be released on bond through his lawyer.

Agnes Tirop
Agnes Tirop’s funeral. Photo: AFP

In October 2021, Agnes Tirop was discovered dead at her Iten residence, her corpse covered in stab wounds. His husband, with whom they had allegedly had disagreements, was named as the main suspect in the murder after investigations into the case. According to reports, the two got into a disagreement about Tirop’s earnings from his sporting career. A few days after arriving in the nation and smashing the women’s 10-kilometer world record in Germany with a time of 30:01, the athlete was brutally killed. She also took home bronze in the 10,000-meter race at the World Championships in 2017 and 2019, respectively.

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Her murder sparked outrage across the country with several movements against gender-based violence being initiated.

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