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Slain Olympian Agnes Tirop’s husband must take mental health test -Court

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  • Tirop was stabbed to death in her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on October 13.
  • Her husband Ibrahim Rotich was arrested in Mombasa while trying to flee the country.

A court on Tuesday ordered the husband of slain Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop, who has been arraigned on suspicion of her murder, to undergo a mental health test before entering a plea, which he will do on November 16.

Tirop was found stabbed to death in her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on Oct. 13, in an incident that has shone the spotlight on violence against women in Kenya.

Her husband Ibrahim Rotich, 41, was arrested the following day in the coastal city of Mombasa. Police said he had been trying to flee the country. According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, Rotich had rammed his getaway vehicle into a lorry at Mlolongo, along Mombasa Road, as he desperately attempted to flee.

Rotich appeared in court on Tuesday in handcuffs with a hat and mask covering most of his face.

Agnes Tirop Smashed Record

Neither Rotich, nor his representatives, have made any public comments on the case.

Tirop, 25, represented Kenya in the 5,000 metres track even at the recently-held Tokyo Olympics.

Agnes Tirop
The late Agnes Tirop was a rising star in the international athletics circuit. PHOTO/COURTESY

In September, she smashed the women 10km world record at an event in Germany, crossing the finishing line in 30:01. The previous record of 30:29 was held by Moroccan Asmae Leghzaoui since 2002.

Early this month, Tirop finished second in the Giants Geneva 10K race. She also won Bronze at the 2017 and 2019 World Championships in the 10,000m, and won the 2015 World Cross Country Championships.

-Additional reporting by Reuters

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