World Medalist Agnes Tirop Murder Suspect Released on Bond

World Medalist Agnes Tirop Murder Suspect Released on Bond

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Ibrahim Rotich, the prime suspect in the murder of athlete Agnes Tirop, has been released on bond

Sitting in the High Court in Eldoret, Justice Robert Wananda granted Rotich a Sh400,000 bond with two similar sureties or Sh500,000 cash bail after ruling on his second bond application.

The Judge said the earlier circumstances, which had led to the denial of the bond, have since changed.

The court gave Rotich seven tough bond terms he must comply with during his freedom.

Justice Wananda warned the accused, who has been in remand since his arrest, from interfering with the prosecution witnesses.

The court also directed that Rotich should not set foot in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County, where the murder of the slain athlete took place.

He was also barred from leaving Uasin Gishu County, which is the court’s jurisdiction, and to report to the DCI offices at Central Police Station in Eldoret every Monday.

“The accused should observe the set conditions, failure to which this court will cancel his bond terms,” Justice Wananda directed.

When the case came up for mention last month, Rotich had filed a second application for release on bond through his advocate Ngigi Mbugua.

Justice Wananda, who is now presiding on the matter, had then directed that he would rule on the application today before the first hearing of the case begins.

The prosecution team led by Emma Okok had informed the court that a pre-bail report, which will aid the court in making its decision, had been filed as directed by the judge.

The court had in May 2022, denied Rotich bond while listing compelling reasons for the same.

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