Emotions went up in an Eldoret court today during the hearing a case between Agnes Jebet Tirop murder suspect Ibrahim Rotich and the family of the late.
Two witnesses Agnes’ young sister Eve Jepngetich and father Vincent Tirop failed to control their emotions as they narrate to the court over what had transpired to the Presiding Judge, Justice Wananda Anuro.
During the hearing of the murder case the deceased’s father broke down in tears as he narrated how the accused eloped with her daughter in 2016 forcing her to drop out of school in form two.
Tirop told the court that he went to Kesses police station to report about the disappearance of his daughter after she failed to come home in the evening as she used to do after school.
“When I reported the matter at the police station, I did not get help as the officers at the report desk told me that my daughter was over 18 years and she is at liberty to do as she pleases,” said Tirop.
Tirop narrated to the court how she embarked on a search mission for her missing daughter and later got a tip off that she was in the neighbouring Iten town, Elgeyo Marakwet.
He said that he managed to talk to her slain daughter on phone and that his efforts to convince her to reconsider her decision and continue with her secondary education fell on deaf ears.
“I called her and upon picking my phone, I asked her why she had left school and she told me point plank that she was no longer interested in education and wanted to focus on athletics,” said Tirop.
Tirop told Justice Nyakunid that his daughter later visited him at his Morosoit village home in Nandi County while accompanied by the accused whom she introduced to him as her coach.
He said that contrary to the claim by the accused that he was married to his daughter, it was untrue since he had never introduced himself to him or sought his blessing to stay with his daughter.
The court was forced to step down the witness after it emerged that he was overwhelmed by emotion and fatigue and could no longer give further testimony in murder case of his slain daughter.
Hearing of the case will continue on December 4 th and 5th where the prosecution team has lined up 27 witnesses to testify against Rotich.