Thursday, March 29, 2007


Woolmer's death has been the source of feverish speculation. Jamaican police have denied reports that a second post-mortem is to be carried out on murdered Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer.
Newspapers had claimed more tests were needed to confirm Woolmer was strangled - but deputy police chief Mark Shields said the cause of death was settled.
Woolmer was found strangled in his hotel room on 18 March, one day after Pakistan's surprise loss to Ireland.
Police say they do not yet have any suspects in the case.
'Unhealthy and unhelpful'
Mr Shields told India's New Delhi Television: "The reality is that we have a cause of death and we have an investigation to a murder."
He said a second examination would "detract from the main track of inquiry".

Mr Shields urged visitors to Woolmer's hotel to contact police.
"If there was going to be a second post-mortem it could only be on two counts - if ordered by the coroner, but he has not done that, or secondly if we had a suspect in custody.
"But since we have no-one in custody, I don't know where that came from. It is another piece of unhealthy and unhelpful speculation."
He also denied reports that police were seeking three Pakistani men, said to have fled the Caribbean on the day of the murder.
Earlier, Mr Shields had urged people who had visited Kingston's Pegasus hotel in the 72 hours before Woolmer's death to get in touch.
Police are continuing to review CCTV footage from the hotel in the hope of identifying a suspect.
They are also examining the hard drive of Woolmer's computer for anything which might establish a motive for the murder.
Detectives believe Woolmer probably knew his killer - or killers - as there were no signs of forced entry into his room and none of his belongings had been stolen.
There has been speculation that the murder is connected to match-fixing allegations which have haunted cricket for the past decade.



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