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Husband of slain Kenyan Olympian Tirop charged with murder, pleads not guilty



Ibrahim Rotich, husband of the slain Kenyan Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, pleaded not guilty after he was charged with her murder in a Kenyan court on Tuesday (Nov 16).

The 41-year-old had been ordered last week to undergo a mental health test before entering a plea. Tirop, 25, was found stabbed to death in her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on Oct 13, in a case that has shone a spotlight on violence against women in the east African country.

Rotich appeared in court in handcuffs, wearing a black jacket and a cap. He looked down at the floor for most of the proceedings.

His lawyer, Joseline Mitei, declined to discuss the details or results of his mental health evaluation.

“I intend to put formal application in court for my client to be released on bail,” Mitei said.

The bail hearing is set for Dec 1.



Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.

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