Athlete Tirop murder suspect Rotich applies for plea bargain

Suspect Ibrahim Rotich now seeks a plea bargain instead of the murder trial for the killing of athlete Agnes Tirop

Rotich, the prime suspect in the gruesome killing of Tirop has now applied for a plea bargain deal in which he could face lesser charges.

The state had lined up 13 suspects for the murder trial against Rotich but his lawyer Allan Mbugua told the High Court in Eldoret that Ibrahim wanted to pursue a plea bargain path as part of the healing process with the family of the victim over the incident.

“My client wants to pursue the plea bargain path with the family of his estranged wife to lessen the pain they are going through since her killing occurred last year. We agree that life has been lost and it is such an unfortunate incident and that is why we now prefer the route of plea bargain”, Mbugua said

Justice Reuben Nyakundi is presiding over the murder case against Rotich.

“Your honour it’s our view that a plea bargain deal will also help to expedite the matter for the sake of justice for both parties,” Mbugua said.

The application for a plea bargain will be put to hold a hearing of the murder case until a decision is made.

Richard Warigi, the lawyer for the slain athlete’s family said they would look into the application for the plea bargain once it’s filed in court before making a decision on the way forward.

“We are yet to be served with the application for plea bargain but once it comes we will look into it and then decide on the way forward,” Warigi said.

Rotich has denied killing his estranged girlfriend. He was first charged before when he appeared before Justice Nyakundi on November 16, 2021.

According to the charge sheet, Rotich is alleged to have killed Tirop on October 12, 2021, at a rural estate in Iten, Elgeyo Marakwet County.

The accused who went missing after the fatal incident was arrested in Mombasa two days after the body of the slain international runner was discovered in her house.

The Judge in his ruling has directed both parties to report to the court on September 22, on the progress of the plea bargain deal between the suspect and the family of the deceased.

The court has twice denied him bail because of security concerns and possible interference with witnesses.

The former World Cross Country champion was murdered just a few days after arriving back home from a race in Germany.

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