The prime suspect in the murder of two-time world 10,000 metres bronze medalist Agnes Tirop, Ibrahim Emmanuel Rotich, has admitted to killing her before he fled her Iten home.
In a note he left behind seen by Nation , Mr Rotich owned up to killing Ms Tirop, saying their relationship was full of fights, and he had decided to end the life of the athlete.
In an exclusive interview with the local media, Nation, yesterday, Keiyo North sub county DCIO Andolo Munga said detectives had overwhelming evidence against the athlete’s estranged lover and coach.
“The threshold for murder is overwhelming. The autopsy report and the suspect’s confession note, together with the murder weapons — a knife and a wooden club (rungu), have given us overwhelming evidence, which points to murder,” said the DCIO.
“The athlete had cuts to her head as well as several stabs in the neck. The rungu exerted blunt force trauma, badly damaging her brain, leading to her death.”
Mr Munga said according to the investigation, it was clear the suspect had intention to kill her and toxicological analysis would reveal more information.
“We expect the CCTV report, which is also very crucial in this matter, to be out by tomorrow (Friday) and this will show us if there was anyone else who aided or participated in the murder of the athlete,” he said.
The confession by Mr Rotich corroborates multiple claims by those known to the athlete, including her siblings, that she was a victim of domestic abuse.
Mr Rotich’s parents had told detectives that their son “called while crying, seeking God’s forgiveness, because he had committed a heinous crime”, before the body of the athlete was discovered on Wednesday morning.
Ms Tirop younger sister, Ms Evelyn Jepng’etich, who was living with the athlete, and was with her on Monday night, before she was reported missing, had narrated how she heard a commotion in her sister’s bedroom.
“Not once, but on several occasions, my sister was savagely beaten. Even on the day she returned from the Olympic games, that night she did not sleep, but was wailing the entire night because of the beatings. In the morning her face was swollen and bruised,” she said.
“My sister had confided in me that Rotich was abusing her, but she opened up too late. On Monday night, I heard a loud commotion in my sister’s bedroom before she was discovered dead on Wednesday.”
Tirop was on Wednesday, October 13, found dead in her house in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.
She had stab wounds in the abdomen, Barnaba Korir, the chairperson of Athletics Kenya in Nairobi Region told The Standard.
The star athlete, had just become the world record holder last month after winning the 10km road race. She clocked 30:01 during the Adizero Road to Records event in Herzogenaurach, Germany.