Suicide Note Revealed in Agnes Tirop Murder Trial

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Victor Koilel, the pace setter for the deceased runner, provided a detailed account of the suicide note in his testimony before Justice Wananda Anuro. The note, tendered in court, revealed the suspect’s explicit intention to end his own life due to the toxic relationship he shared with the late Agnes Tirop.

The late Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop/Courtesy

Ibrahim Rotich, the primary suspect in the tragic murder of renowned international athlete Agnes Tirop, left behind a poignant suicide note subsequent to the alleged killing, as disclosed during the proceedings at the Eldoret High Court yesterday.

Victor Koilel, the pace setter for the deceased runner, provided a detailed account of the suicide note in his testimony before Justice Wananda Anuro. The note, tendered in court, revealed the suspect’s explicit intention to end his own life due to the toxic relationship he shared with the late Agnes Tirop.

The suicide note, read aloud by the witness, outlined two contemplated methods for the suspect’s self-demise—either through a fatal road accident or by plunging into a flowing river. A poignant excerpt from the note stated, “There is no need for suffering in a stressful marriage; I would rather die by throwing myself into a river or through a fatal road accident.”

Furthermore, the suspect, in the same note, expressed a wish for no ceremonial proceedings in the event of his self-inflicted end. Koilel revealed that he stumbled upon the notebook containing the accused’s intentions while loading Tirop’s belongings from the Iten crime scene onto a vehicle destined for her parents’ residence in Nandi County.

Describing the sequence of events, Koilel shared that the discovery occurred after the law enforcement officers transported Tirop’s body from the crime scene to the Iten County Referral Hospital mortuary for preservation on the fateful day.

Koilel, as a crucial witness, conveyed that he handed the suicide note to the deceased’s father, Vincent Tirop, who subsequently submitted it to the police as vital evidence in the ongoing murder trial. Additionally, Koilel testified to the late runner’s grievances against the accused, citing her dissatisfaction with his extravagant spending of her hard-earned money on nightclubs and frequent assaults following her inquiries about his expenditures.

Vincent Tirop, the father of the deceased, recounted in court the distressing events of 2016 when the suspect eloped with his daughter, compelling her to abandon her education during her second year of Form Two. Despite Vincent’s relentless efforts to trace his daughter’s whereabouts, communication was severed by the accused, leaving him unable to reconnect with Agnes for four agonizing years.

Martin Tirop, the late runner’s brother, further testified to the accused’s mistreatment of their family members, particularly when seeking financial assistance from their late sister. Martin revealed the accused’s aversion to any form of interaction or requests for help.

Rotich, currently out on a sh 400,000 bond, has steadfastly denied the charge of murdering Tirop in November 2021 at their rural estate house on the outskirts of Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County. The trial has witnessed the testimonies of four key prosecution witnesses, including the late runner’s younger sister, Eve Jepngetich, with the proceedings set to continue today.

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