Emmanuel Rotich, the arrested husband of slain Kenyan athlete was planned to be charged to court on Friday.
Details have emerged on how he was tacked down. According to information gathered from French agency, AFP, Kenyan Police cornered Rotich in Mombasa, using his mobile number to track him down after he used his old SIM card in his new phone after spending days offline, one of the investigating officers told AFP.
In an escape bid while being pursued by the police, Ritich reportedly crashed his car into a stationary truck just before he was arrested.
“Given how tense the ground is in Iten, it is unlikely we will have him charged there,” the official said referring to the western town where the couple lived.
Meanwhile, tributes have poured in for Tirop since her body was found with stab wounds in the bedroom of their home in Iten, a high-altitude training hub for many top-class athletes.
Athletics Kenya said it was postponing events for two weeks in honour of Tirop and another runner who was found dead at the weekend of an apparent suicide.
Athletics Kenya president Jackson Tuwei said Tirop’s death was a “huge blow” to athletics, describing her as “one of the fastest rising stars” and voicing hope for speedy justice.
Tirop was killed just a month after she smashed the women’s 10,000 metres world record at an event in Germany.