KENYA: Police Arrests Killer Of World Athletics Champion

KENYA: Police Arrests Killer Of World Athletics Champion

By Augustine Ehikioya

Police officers in Kenya have arrested the murder suspect, who stabbed a 25-year-old World 5,000m Record Holder, Agnes Tirop.

(Agnes Tirop, World Athletics Championships Bronze medallist, now late)
(Ibrahim Rotich, Murder Suspect)

The suspect, Ibrahim Rotich, who was in a relationship with the deceased athlete, was arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa county, while trying to flee to another country in order to evade justice.

A statement by the Kenya’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), obtained by Security Watch Africa (SWA) on Thursday said that the suspect had gone into hiding immediately after committing the crime.

(Couple in intimate mood before the murder)

The statement said “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 at around noon, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Mlolongo, along Mombasa road, as he desperately escaped our dragnet,” it added.

The suspect, according to the statement, 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.”

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