Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) have found a confession allegedly penned by the husband of slain athlete Agnes Tirop.
Keiyo North Sub-County DCIO Andolo Munga said that Ibrahim Rotich had letter left it at their home, as he planned to flee to a neighbouring country.
The investigation officer did not reveal the contents of the letter as investigations are still underway. He pointed out that the details in the note tallied with claims by the athlete’s relatives that she had been a victim of domestic violence.
Rotich wrote that the relationship had been full of fights. He reportedly confessed to involvement in the death of the two-time bronze medallist in the world 10,000 metres race.
“The threshold for murder is overwhelming. The autopsy report and the suspect’s confession note, together with the murder weapons — a knife and a rungu (wooden club), 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.”
The DCIO said that the CCTV report, which will be out on Friday, 22nd October, will help in the murder investigations.
Tirop’s younger sister, Evelyn Jepng’etich, who was living with the athlete, said her sister had opened up about her rocky relationship with her lover. She said that Tirop had been beaten up many times.
“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,” she said.
The autopsy conducted on 19th October, at Iten County Referral Hospital mortuary indicated that the athlete died due to stab wounds and an injury in her head inflicted by a blunt object.
The suspect was arrested last week in Mombasa.
He was arraigned on Tuesday and detectives allowed to hold him for 10 days to conclude investigations.