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.