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Husband of slain Kenyan Olympian Tirop charged with homicide, pleads not guilty

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ELDORET, Kenya, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Ibrahim Rotich, the husband of slain Kenyan Olympic runner Agnes Tirop, was charged with her homicide and pleaded not guilty in a Kenyan courtroom on Tuesday.

Rotich, 41, had been ordered final week to bear a psychological well being check earlier than coming into a plea. Tirop was discovered stabbed to dying at her dwelling within the Rift Valley city of Iten on Oct. 13, in a case that has shone a highlight on violence in opposition to girls within the east African nation.

Rotich appeared in courtroom in handcuffs, sporting a black jacket and a cap. He seemed down on the flooring for many of the proceedings.

Rotich’s lawyer, Joseline Mitei, declined to debate the main points or outcomes of his psychological well being analysis.

“I intend to put formal application in court for my client to be released on bail,” Mitei stated.

The bail listening to is ready for Dec. 1.

Police arrested Rotich within the coastal metropolis of Mombasa the day after Tirop’s physique was found. They stated he had been attempting to flee the nation.

In September, Tirop broke the women-only 10km world report in Germany. She gained bronze medals on the 2017 and 2019 World Championships within the 10,000 metres.

Reporting by Fredrick Odour and Humphrey Malalo; Writing by Ayenat Mersie; Editing by Catherine Evans and Ed Osmond

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  Bronze medalist Kenya's Agnes Jebet Tirop during the medal ceremony REUTERS/Ibraheem Al Omari/File Photo

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