Witness Testifies in Agnes Tirop Murder Trial: Husband Allegedly Threatened to Break Her Legs

In a shocking revelation in the ongoing murder trial of Kenyan long-distance runner Agnes Tirop, a witness has testified that the deceased athlete’s husband, Ibrahim Rotich, had threatened to break her legs.

Victor Lapita Koilel, a fellow athlete who trained with Tirop, took to the stand at the Eldoret High Court on Monday, providing a chilling account of the couple’s relationship and the events leading up to Tirop’s tragic death in October 2021.

Koilel recalled that Rotich had expressed his anger towards Tirop during a conversation following the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, revealing that they had had a disagreement that prompted Tirop to leave their matrimonial home and seek refuge at her parents’ house.

“He told me if she calls me, I should not talk to her,” Koilel recounted, highlighting Rotich’s apparent attempt to isolate Tirop.

The witness further revealed that Tirop had confided in him about her fears, stating that Rotich had threatened to break her legs. “She seemed shocked while she was telling me these words,” Koilel added, emphasizing the emotional distress Tirop was experiencing.

Koilel’s testimony paints a disturbing picture of a relationship marred by conflict and intimidation. It also sheds light on the potential motive behind Tirop’s murder, suggesting that Rotich’s anger and resentment towards his wife may have fueled the violence that led to her untimely demise.

The trial is ongoing, and further details are expected to emerge as more witnesses take the stand. The case has sparked outrage and calls for justice for Tirop, whose death sent shockwaves through the sporting community and beyond.

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