Husband of slain Kenyan Olympian Agnes Tirop pleads not guilty

Agnes Tirop celebrates winning bronze in the Women's 10,000m final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha in 2019.PHOTO/AP

Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of slain Kenyan Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, was charged with her murder and pleaded not guilty in a Kenyan court on Tuesday.

Rotich had been ordered last week to undergo a mental health test before entering a plea. Tirop was found stabbed to death at her home in the Rift Valley town of Iten on October 13, in a case that has shone a spotlight on violence against women.

Rotich appeared in court in handcuffs, wearing a black jacket and a cap. He looked down at the floor for most of the proceedings.

Rotich’s 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.

Police arrested Rotich in the coastal city of Mombasa the day after Tirop’s body was discovered. They said he had been trying to flee the country