Pakistan cricket coach strangled: police

KINGSTON, March 22, 2007 (AFP) – Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer was murdered, a police spokesman said here Thursday.

“The Jamaican police are now in possession of the official postmortem report from the government pathologist, who conducted autopsy on the late Mr. Woolmer,” said Karl Angell, director of communications for Jamaican police.

“The pathologist report states that Mr. Woolmer’s death was due to asphyxia as a result of manual strangulation,” Angell said.
Deputy Commissioner of Police Mark Shields, said: “I would like for the killer(s) to turn themselves in.”

Shields also said police had seized all hotel records and security videotapes.

The police statement followed similar reports in two Jamaican newspapers on the cause of the 58-year-old Woolmer’s death on Sunday.

Woolmer died in hospital on Sunday after being found unconscious in his hotel room a day after Pakistan were knocked out of the World Cup following a shock defeat by minnows Ireland.

Pakistan’s World Cup players gave statements to Jamaican police and were also finger-printed before leaving for the resort of Montego Bay