Agnes Tirop: Kenyan police arrested husband in connection with stabbing

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“The suspected killer husband of the long-distance running heroine Agnes Tirop, who was recently murdered in her home, has been arrested,” the Kenya National Police Department said in a statement on Twitter on Friday.

The statement read: “The suspect is an Ibrahim Kipkemoi Rotich. He has been on the run with the police and was captured by diligent detectives in Mombasa.”

NPS stated that Rotich was detained at Changamwe Police Station and “is waiting to be transferred to Iten and he is expected to face prosecution”.

NPS added that Rotich was arrested along with another suspect, Silas Chilla Chellile, and both were helping the police with their investigation.

The Kenya Criminal Investigation Bureau said in a statement on Twitter that Rotic was arrested in Changamwe, Mombasa County, on Thursday because he “attempted to flee a neighboring country to escape justice.”

“Earlier in the day [Thursday] At noon, Rotich rammed his escape vehicle into a truck on the Athi River along the Mombasa Highway because he desperately escaped the dragnet,” DCI said.

Agnes Tirop in the 5,000-meter preliminaries of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Tirop won the bronze medal in the 10,000 meters at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships, and won the 4th place in the 5,000 meters at the Tokyo Olympics.

Last month, the 25-year-old young man made history with a score of 28 seconds in the Adizero Road To Records event held in Germany, breaking the historic women’s 10 km world record.

Tirop finished the race at 30:01, breaking the 30:29 record set by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui in 2002.

After the game, she said: “I am very happy to break the world record. I think the speed is very good. The track is also very good.”

At the 2015 IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Tirop became the second youngest woman’s gold medal winner after Zola Bard.

The Kenya Athletics Association stated that the country “lost a gem and she is one of the fastest-growing track and field giants on the international stage, thanks to her compelling performance.”

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