Twenty-seven additional witnesses to testify against Rotich in the ongoing murder trial of Agnes Tirop

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Last week, the court granted Rotich bail, setting bond at Ksh 400,000 with two sureties or a cash bail of Ksh 500,000. This decision was based on a review of a probation report and other relevant factors.

Eve Jepngetich Tirop, 22, the younger sister of slain World Cross-Country champion Agnes Tirop gives her testimony at Eldoret High Court yesterday during the hearing of the case where her lover Ibrahim Rotich is the prime suspect in her murder

Twenty-seven additional witnesses are scheduled to testify against Ibrahim Rotich in the ongoing murder trial of Agnes Tirop, a prominent Kenyan distance runner.

The prosecution has assembled a comprehensive list of witnesses, including the deceased’s elder brother, a forensic pathologist who conducted the postmortem examination, and police investigators from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI).

Rotich maintains his innocence, vehemently denying any involvement in Tirop’s tragic demise. However, the weight of evidence against him is substantial, and he faces a formidable legal challenge.

Last week, the court granted Rotich bail, setting bond at Ksh 400,000 with two sureties or a cash bail of Ksh 500,000. This decision was based on a review of a probation report and other relevant factors.

Rotich’s arrest stems from the dramatic events of October 13, 2021, when Tirop was found deceased at her residence in Rural Estate, situated on the outskirts of Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

During the trial, Tirop’s father, Vincent Tirop, delivered an emotional testimony, recounting how Rotich had eloped with his daughter in 2016, compelling her to abandon her secondary education in Form Two.

He further disclosed that he had approached the Kesses Police Station to report his daughter’s disappearance, only to be met with indifference from the officers, who dismissed his concerns by citing her legal status as an adult.

Tirop’s relentless search for his missing daughter eventually led him to Iten town, where he managed to contact her via phone. However, his efforts to persuade her to reconsider her decision and resume her education proved futile.

Tirop later encountered Rotich at his Morosoit village home in Nandi County, where his daughter introduced him as her coach. He vehemently denied the accused’s claim of being married to his daughter, asserting that no formal ceremony or parental consent had ever taken place.

Overwhelmed by emotion and fatigue, Tirop’s testimony was abruptly halted, and the court was forced to recess. The proceedings are scheduled to resume on December 4 and 5.

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