Security cameras may yet yield new clues to Woolmer murder: police

KINGSTON, March 28, 2007 (AFP) – Detectives probing the murder of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer said Wednesday that better-than-anticipated security video footage could provide vital clues in the hunt for his killer.

A painstaking operation to transfer hours of footage from well-worn VHS tape into a digital format has been completed, and early results were promising, Jamaica deputy police commissioner Mark Shields said.

“I looked at a few still images myself and I’m satisfied that I can easily identify people,” Shields told journalists.

“There were some people in the footage that I’d met in the week after the murder of Bob Woolmer that I could clearly and easily identify.”

Woolmer was found strangled in his room at the Pegasus Hotel on March 18, one day after Pakistan were dramatically dumped out of the World Cup after a shock defeat to minnows Ireland.

The killing has sparked one of the most complex murder investigations in Jamaican history and triggered speculation about possible links to match-fixing and illegal betting in cricket.

Around 50 officers are now attempting to track down hundreds of potential witnesses who were either visiting or staying at the Pegasus Hotel in the days le