- Agnes Tirop was found dead with grave stab wounds on her neck and abdomen, with Ibrahim Rotich being the main suspect behind the gruesome murder
- Ibrahim Rotich appeared before Chief Magistrate Charles Kutwa at an Iten court for plea taking, four days after he was arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa
- The court directed that the accused be detained for more days at Railways Police Station in Eldoret
The husband of slain Kenyan running star Agnes Tirop has been remanded for 20 days to allow police to conclude investigations into his alleged involvement in the murder of the athlete.
Ibrahim Rotich is the prime suspect in the murder of Olympian Tirop.
Mental assessment before taking plea
Rotich was arraigned before Magistrate Charles Kutwa, where the prosecution sought more time to detain him.
The court directed that the accused be detained at Railways Police Station in Eldoret.
He will also undergo a mental assessment at Eldoret Teaching and Referral Hospital.
The case will be mentioned on November 9.
Tirop was found dead on the morning of Wednesday, October 13, with grave stab wounds on her neck and abdomen in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
Her husband, who had gone missing after the incident, would later on the night of Thursday, October 14, be arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa.
The Directorate of Criminal Investigations said Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Mlolongo, along Mombasa Road, as he tried to escape arrest.
Rotich's family visits Tirop's home
Earlier on, TUKO.co.ke reported that the family of Rotich visited Tirop's family and asked for forgiveness over the loss of her life at the hands of their killer son.
On Sunday, October 17, Kalenjin elders from Tirop's lover's family made their way into her home, where a cloud of sadness had heavily hovered over the homestead as it struggling to come to terms with her death.
"I say we are sorry and we have agreed as the elders from Kipkendet and arap tego clans to ask for forgiveness from this family, and to athletics Kenya and to all those touched by this incident, we are so sorry," one elder said.
They said they did not expect that things could take such an ugly turn, further adding they are ready to support the bereaved family in every way possible.
Source: Sports Brief News