Kenyan Olympic Champion Ezekiel Kemboi charged with assaulting woman
World and Olympic 3,000m steeplechase gold medalist, Ezekiel Kemboi has been accused of stabbing the 26-year-old woman in athletics town of Eldoret allegedly after a drinking spree.
Police in Eldoret investigating the incident where world champion Kemboi is accused of stabbing a hotelier, Ann Njeri Otieno on Thursday interviewed the athlete for more than 6 hours before deciding to charge him with assault.
Rift Valley Provincial Police chief Francis Munyambu has confirmed the incident but says they have not established all the relevant facts about it.
A witness, Millicent Otieno said that she heard screams from the entrance of their home and on reaching there, “I met the guy who stabbed my sister but he drove off in a vehicle that was parked by the gate side”.
The victim claims she was drinking with the athlete until around midnight on 27th June.
“We left and as he was dropping me home, he made sexual advances to me and I declined. He locked the vehicle and started demanding it,” she said.
Speaking from her hospital bed at Mediheal Hospital in Eldoret, Njeri said, she managed to reach the unlock button in the car and stormed out.
“But as I was hurriedly opening our gate, he ran and caught up with me. A scuffle ensued and he threatened to kill me. He reached for a knife and stabbed me,” she said.
Njeri remebered she screamed for help before passing out.
The athlete sped off from the scene and drove to the Eldoret Police Station where he recorded a statement claiming he had been attacked by thugs.
As he left the scene, Kemboi allegedly dropped his personal documents that included a wallet, passport and money in both local and foreign currency which are in the custody of the woman’s family.
Athletics Kenya have not yet commented on the report.
On Thursday Kemboi was at the Eldoret police station recording a statement. He is still reported to be at the station at 2.30 PM Kenyan time.