Keiyo North sub-county DCIO Andolo Munga revealed that Tirop was murdered on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 12, the day before her body was found.
CCTV footage has placed Ibrahim Rotich, the main suspect in the murder of Tokyo Olympian Agnes Tirop at the scene of the crime in her home in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County the day she was killed.
Keiyo North sub-county DCIO Andolo Munga revealed to the Nation that Tirop was murdered on the afternoon of Tuesday, October 12, the day before her body was found.
Munga noted that the footage had all the evidence of the crime scene and the gruesome act and will be sustainable enough to be used in the prosecution.
“The CCTV footage is self-explanatory and positive after forensic analysis. It has all the evidence of the scene and the actual act. We believe we have an airtight case and we are good to go with the prosecution,” he revealed.
Emmanuel Rotich at the Changamwe police station after being arrested for the murder of Agnes Tirop. /TWITTER
The DCIO added that the footage has become key in the murder case, noting that it has revealed more details on exactly what happened when Tirop was killed and how it took place.
“The CCTV footage has become very crucial in this matter and it has shown us exactly what happened and how it was conducted. The investigation is on the reverse and forward aspects,” he added.
Munga added that they are relying on many witnesses to nail the suspect, terming the crime as pure murder. The confession note that was left behind by Rotich is still being forensically analysed.
The note that police said he left behind contained his confession to killing Tirop before he ran away from her home in Iten, bound for outside the Kenyan territory. It alleged that Rotich ended Tirop’s life out of the many squabbles that hurt their relationship.
“The confession note is also being subjected to forensic analysis. The public will know in due course because all the evidence will be adduced in court.
“We have released the two other suspects whom we had arrested with Rotich and they are now state witnesses. They are valuable to in the case when they are witnesses unlike if they are charged,” he went on.
Munga said that a rungu and a knife, which are believed to be weapons used in the gruesome murder, are still undergoing forensic analysis and the report will further tighten the case.
“The murder weapons are blood-stained and they are being subjected to more analysis. We need a watertight case that is why nothing is being left to chance,” said the detective.
He added that their investigations provided clarity that the suspect was intent on killing his estranged lover and that the toxicology analysis will help shed further light on the matter.
Meanwhile, the High Court has directed that Tirop be taken for mental assessment at the Moi Referral Hospital before being charged. He is expected to answer to murder charges on Tuesday, November 16.
Ibrahim Rotich in court on November 9, 2021. /TWITTER